Saint Lucy Biography
Born In: Syracuse, Roman Empire
Saint Lucy, also known as Lucia of Syracuse, or Saint Lucia (Sancta Lucia in Latin), was a Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution of the 4th century. Apocryphal texts suggest that Lucy, who hailed from an affluent Sicilian family, had spurned the marriage proposal of a pagan man and had vowed to remain a virgin according to the tradition of St. Agatha. However, in the process, she had angered the suitor, who reported her to the Roman authorities. Lucy was then tortured to death. She is revered as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, and Orthodox Churches. She is one of the eight women, along with the Virgin Mary, who are commemorated by name in the ‘Canon of the Mass.’ Saint Lucy's Day, her feast day, is celebrated on December 13 every year. She is the patron saint of Syracuse (Sicily), virgins, and sight.