December 13 St. Lucy
The traditional story of St. Lucy tells us that she was of noble Greek parentage, born in Syracuse, Sicily, and brought up as a Christian by her mother, Eutychia. Although Lucy, like Cecilia, wished to dedicate herself to God, Eutychia arranged for her a marriage with a young pagan. The mother, who suffered from hemorrhage, was persuaded to
make a pilgrimage to Catania, to offer prayers at the tomb of St. Agatha. Lucy accompanied her mother, and their prayers for a cure were answered. Then Lucy made known to Eutychia her desire to give her own share of their fortune to the poor and devote herself to God's service.
Eutychia, in gratitude for her cure, gave permission. This so angered the young man to whom Lucy had been unwillingly betrothed that he denounced her as a Christian to the governor, Paschius. The persecutions instituted by the Emperor Diocletian were then at their height, and when Lucy steadfastly clung to her faith,
she was sentenced to prostitution in a brothel. God rendered her immovable and the officers were not able to carry her off to the place of evil. An attempt was then made to burn her, but boiling oil and pitch had no power to hurt her or break her strong spirit. At last she was put to death by the sword. At Rome in the sixth
century Lucy was honored among the other virgin martyrs, and her name was inserted in the Canon of the Mass. A reference to her sanctity occurs in a letter written by Pope Gregory the Great. In the Middle Ages, she was invoked by persons suffering from eye trouble, perhaps because Lucy (in Italian, Lucia) derives
from <lux>, the Latin word for light. The first church writer to give an account of St. Lucy from her <Acts> was the English bishop St. Aldhelm of Sherborne at the end of the seventh century. This saint's relics are venerated at Venice and at Bourges, in France. She is patroness of Syracuse; her emblems are a cord and eyes.
This was taken from "Lives of Saints", Published by John J. Crawley & Co., Inc.
She is one of the earliest saints recorded as having a devotion to her. In Sweden, it is customary on this day to have the oldest female daughter serve a traditional sweet bread with an evergreen wreath on her head with lit candles. Lucy’s name means light, after all. This is not the safest way to receive your breakfast and I’ll admit that we have tried this a few times. The easiest way is to simply get a nice ring of cinnamon rolls and put in some red birthday candles or short tapers. Put this on a tray. You could also throw some evergreen sprigs around this. And then, light the candles and have your daughter carry this around the house to wake everyone and bring them to breakfast. If you didn’t party too much the night
before with the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, you can make these overnight cinnamon rolls.
just get the Pillsbury ones that pop out of the can and arrange into a
nice wreath shap