Picture: Griffoni Polyptych: St Lucy. Author: Francesco del Cossa, 1473.
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Saint Lucia of Syracuse
Saint Lucy, or Saint Lucia (283–304), was a young Christian martyr. Her name derives from the Latin “lux”, “lucis”, meaning "light".
The most spread legend says that Lucy consecrated her virginity to God, refused to marry a pagan, and gave her dowry to the poor. She was denounced as a Christian to the governor of Syracuse (Sicily, Italy), where the guards took out her eyes with a fork. In another version, Lucy's would-be husband admired her eyes so much, that she tore them out and gave them to him, saying: "Now let me live to God". For these legends, Lucy is considered a patron saint of the blind and those with eye diseases. She is the patroness of Syracuse (Sicily, Italy), Begijnendijk (Flemish Brabant, Belgium), Mtarfa (Malta), Perugia (Italy) and other European cities. Lucy is also a protector of peasants, stained glass workers, tailors, writers, porters, lawyers, electricians, of the ill children and of the repented whores.