Wednesday, 13 December 2017


Lucy (283–304) was a wealthy young Christian martyr, who is patron saint of the blind, as her eyes were reputedly gouged out during her torture. In art, her eyes sometimes appear on a tray that she is holding.

A Christian during the Diocletian persecution, she consecrated her virginity to God, refused to marry a pagan, and had her dowry distributed 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 prior to her execution. In another version, Lucy's would-be husband admired her eyes, so she tore them out and gave them to him, saying, "Now let me live to God".

God our redeemer,
who gave light to the world that was in darkness
by the healing power of the Saviour's cross:
shed that light on us, we pray,
that with your martyr Lucy
we may, by the purity of our lives,
reflect the light of Christ
and, by the merits of his passion,
come to the light of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



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