Today the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates St. Lucy (Lucia)

Today the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates St. Lucy (Lucia)

Saint Lucy was born in Syracuse, Sicily during the reign of Diocletian. She distributed her wealth to the poor, and made a vow of virginity. Since she refused to marry him, a rejected suitor denounced her to the prefect Paschasius as a Christian, and she was arrested. She was sentenced to be defiled in a brothel, but with God’s help she preserved her purity.

Then the pagans attempted to burn her alive, but she was not harmed by the fire. Finally, she was killed by a sword thrust to the throat.

The name Lucy (Lucia) is derived for the Latin word for light (lux), and so she is often invoked for afflictions of the eyes. There is a tradition that she was blinded by her torturers, and the church of San Giovanni Maggiore in Naples even claims to possess her eyes.

Today’s saint should not be confused with Saint Lucy of Campania (July 6).

Troparion — Tone 5

(Podoben: “Come, let us worship the Word…”)

Wearing the radiant mantle of virginity, and virginally betrothed to the Life-giver Christ, you forsook the love of your earthly betrothed; therefore, as a bridal gift, you brought to Him the outpouring of your blood. O Virgin Martyr Lucy, intercede with Him for us all!

Kontakion — Tone 3

We honor you, pure Virgin and trophy-bearer Lucy, and we praise your illustrious contest; for you desired only the beauty of Christ, disdaining all corruptible things. When you were beheaded, you received incorruptible glory.

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