There’s not a whole lot of factual information to find about St. Lucy. So, we rely on the many traditions and legends that surround this brave young saint. So, who was she?
Consecrated to God
The enduring belief about St. Lucy is that she was born into a wealthy family in Italy in the 3rd century, and although she had consecrated herself to God, her mother had arranged a marriage for her (this is ALWAYS the case, isn’t it?!). She decided to pray at St. Agatha’s tomb for her mother to change her mind, and she prayed for her mother’s long illness to be cured. Her mother was indeed cured and allowed Lucy to dissolve the betrothal and live as a consecrated virgin to God (rock on, mama!).
However, the man Lucy was supposed to marry, Paschasius, after being rejected, told the authorities about Lucy’s Christian faith (ever heard of a man scorned?) The governor tried to force her into prostitution, but when guards came to take her, she was literally unmovable (even with some oxen to help!). The guards then tried to surround her with wood and light it on fire, but it wouldn’t light.
Her Eyes & The Light of St. Lucy
They tortured her, which included tearing her eyes out (oy!). However, according to some legends, they gouged out her eyes when she prophesied that Paschasius would be punished, but other legends say she tore out her own eyes because a determined admirer loved her eyes. After torture, her persecutors stabbed her to death.
Other legends say that when she was being prepared for burial, her eyes were there again! Some other traditions say she brought food to the Christians living in the catacombs during persecutions, and that she would wear a wreath of candles around her head to light her way. She is the patroness of the blind, and those with eye trouble, which is very fitting because her name means “light”.
Lucy’s feast day is December 13 and there are a ton of beautiful traditions for her feast which include eating sweet breads (yes please!), making and wearing a wreath crown with candles, putting up Christmas lights, and much more! Check out this awesome resource to see what traditions you’d like to try.
Why a candle?
St. Lucy lived during the 3rd century persecution of Christians under Diocletian, and made it her primary work to bring food to Christians hiding in the catacombs. She wore a wreath of candles on her head during these trips to leave her hands completely available to carry food and provisions.
Who would be friends with St. Lucy?
- Those with eye problems
- Those who are blind
- Young people
- Electricians (her name means light after all!)
- Those persecuted for their faith
- Those looking for answers
- Those looking for parent relationships to be restored
Be a shining light yourself by wearing St. Lucy’s medal which you can find in our shop here.