Saint Lucy

Saint Lucy

Prayer:
Saint Lucy, you did not hide your light under a basket, but let it shine for the whole world, for all the centuries to see. We may not suffer torture in our lives the way you did, but we are still called to let the light of our Christianity illumine our daily lives. Please help us to have the courage to bring our Christianity into our work, our recreation, our relationships, our conversation — every corner of our day. Amen
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*The Legend of the Lucia Queen*

This is a feast traditional to Sweden but has now become world wide. Saint Lucy was a Christian maiden who lived many years ago in Rome. Because she refused to give up her religion she was burnt at the stake by the order of the Emperor Diocletian.
Her Saint’s Day falls on Dec 13th, a day that was actually already celebrated in pre-Christian Sweden as the beginning of the festival of light- the Winter solstice, the day when the sun was said to stand still. Because Saint Lucy’s feast coincided with the time of year when daylight was at its minimum, she was especially loved by the peoples living in lands that had long winter nights.
In Swedish homes, usually the youngest daughter is chosen to be the Lucy Queen. On Christmas morning wearing a white gown and a crown of lighted candles, she brings breakfast and a Christmas song to all the family assembled.
For us, our Christmas day is usually already full, but you might like to think of ways of creating a Lucy celebration of your own on her actual feast. Lucy is the source of much beautiful imagery, not least in Dante’s “Purgatory”, where she wanders through purgatory bearing a light for those sojourning there. A beautiful touch from a great poet.

Enjoy your feast of Light with Queen Lucia.

* Lovingly sent from the Poor Clare Colettine Nuns

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