Virgin and Martyr
St. Lucy is one of seven women, aside from the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. St. Lucy (283–304) was a wealthy young Christian martyr well known for her works of charity who, after consecrating herself to God, refused to marry her pagan betrothed. For this, she was denounced as a Christian to the governor of Syracuse, Sicily. In medieval accounts, St. Lucy’s eyes were gouged out prior to her execution. She is the patron saint of the blind.
Let us pray.
May the glorious intercession of the Virgin and Martyr Saint Lucy give us new heart, we pray, O Lord, so that we may celebrate her heavenly birthday in this present age and so behold things eternal. Through our Lord.