Saint Lucy of Syracuse (284-304), also known as Saint Lucia, Santa Lucia, or Saint Lukia, was a rich young Christian martyr. She consecratedg her virginity to God, refused to marry a pagan, and gave her dowry to the poor. Her would-be husband denounced her as a Christian to the governor of Syracuse, Sicily. Miraculously unable to move her or burn her, the guards took out her eyes with a fork. She is the patron saint of the blind and those with eye-trouble.
I had the priviledge of visiting the tomb of St Lucy, with The Fraternity of St Genesius, in May 2010. What a glorious trip. Below are some of my photos. The relics of St Lucy's body in in the church of San Geremia, they were carried there in 1861 when the church dedicated to her was demolished. In 1955 Angelo Roncalli, future Pope John XXIII and then Patriarch of Venice, had a silver mask put on the saint's face to protect it from dust.
Strange but true: "In November 1981 St Lucy's mummified skeleton was stolen from its heavy glass enclosed crypt just below the altar of the Venetian Church of St Jeremiah. Two gunmen burst into the church and ordered the parish priest and two parishioners to lie on the floor while they seized the remains and put them in a sack. The saint's head broke off at the neck and rolled away on the floor of the church. The silver death mask which had covered the face was left behind. Eventually a bizarre ransom note was received demanding that any page from a book called "If this T Man" be read out in all secondary and high schools in the Venice area. A month later, on her feast day, the police found the remains of St Lucy at a hunting lodge near Venice" (source)
|The tomb of St Lucy, San Geremia, Venice|
Prayer to St Lucy
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 thme 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.