Picture: Legend of St Lucy. Author: MASTER of the Legend of Saint Lucy, 1480. Sint-Jacobskerk, Bruges.
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St Lucy was a young Sicilian girl who vowed to live as a virgin in devotion to Christ. She was born in Syracuse in a wealthy family. Her Roman father died when she was young, and her mother, Eutychia, arranged a marriage for Lucy with a pagan bridegroom, but Lucy wanted to devote herself to God. She took her mother to pray at Saint Agatha's tomb (Saint Agatha was the patroness of Catania, Sicily, Italy). By legend Saint Agatha appeared in a vision to Lucy and said: "Soon you shall be the glory of Syracuse, as I am of Catania." At the same moment Eutychia was miraculously cured from dysentery, which she had suffered for four years, and she accepted the celibacy of Lucy and her decision to cancel the wedding. Lucy distributed her dowry on alms so that she might retain her virginity.
A legend says that Lucy brought the Christians food and water while they were hiding in the Roman catacombs from the Diocletian Persecution. To reach them secretly she went through the forest and underground tunnels, with a candlelit wreath on her head to light her way.
Soon the bridegroom rejected by Lucy denounced her as a Christian to the governor of Sicily, who sentenced her to forced prostitution, but the guards who came to take her away found her hard as stiff and heavy as a mountain; they didn’t manage to move her even with a team of oxen. Then they tortured her by tearing her eyes out, but after that God restored them. She was to be set afire, but the fire around her miraculously went out. At the end, she was executed by being stabbed in her neck with a dagger (or sword in other versions).
There is another tale connected with Lucy’s eyes. It says that her bridegroom admired her eyes very much, so Lucy tore them out and gave them to the man on a plate saying: "Now let me live to God".
St Lucy’s relics had rested in Syracuse for many years, until the citizens in 878 took them from the temple to hide, since the city was invaded by the Saracens. In 1039 the Byzantine general George Maniakes, after having liberated Syracuse from the Arabs, took the remains of St Lucy and brought them to Constantinople. Then in 1204 the Venetian Doge Enrico Dandolo took the relics to Venice, where they have rested until today in the Church of SS. Jeremiah and Lucy. According to the tradition, the head of Lucy was sent to Louis XII of France and reposes now in the cathedral of Bourges.