St Lucy

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Patron saint of eyesight. St Lucy was martyred during the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian during the 3rd century. According to legend, when she refused to give up her faith she was blinded, but her sight was miraculously restored. She was finally killed with a sword.

There are churches dedicated to her in Rome, Naples and Venice as well as two in England.

Her feast is celebrated in Sweden as the 'festival of light'. Youngest daughters, dressed in white, wake up the rest of the family with coffee, rolls and a special song. In Sicily the song Santa Lucia, dedicated to her, is very popular.


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