Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Feast of St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr


According to the traditional story, Lucy was born of noble parents in Syracuse, Sicily about the year 283. She made a vow of virginity and was reported to the governor by a rejected suitor for being a Christian. She was tried and executed by a sword.


As the name, Lucy, derives from 'lux' or 'light', she has become associated with festivals of light and with invocations against afflictions of the sight. Legend has it that she was blinded by her persecutors. The church of San Giovanni Maggiore at Naples even claims to possess her eyes.

Prayer
Saint Lucy, your beautiful name signifies light. By the light of faith which God bestowed upon you, increase and preserve this light in my soul so that I may avoid evil, be zealous in the performance of good works, and abhor nothing so much as the blindness and the darkness of evil and of sin. By your intercession with God, obtain for me perfect vision for my bodily eyes and the grace to use them for God's greater honor and glory and the salvation of all men. Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr, hear my prayers and obtain my petitions. Amen

Today is T.O.'s patron saint's feast day. Let's wish her a happy feast day.

Argent by the Tiger has a super post on St. Lucy which highlights the various types of celebrations of this day throughout the world.

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