Saints in the Roman Canon (Part 31)

In the Roman Canon, after St. Agatha we find St. Lucy.

St. Lucy suffered martyrdom about 304, in the great persecution of Diocletian against the Christians.  She came from Syracuse, was of noble lineage, and at an early age vowed perpetual chastity to the Lord.  Her mother was taken ill, and in this emergency she made a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Agatha to implore her restoration to health.  Here St. Lucy was thrown into an ecstasy, and St. Agatha appeared to her in great glory, surrounded by angels, speaking thus to her: “My sister Lucy, virgin consecrated to God, why dost thou request of me what thou thyself canst do for thy mother?  Behold, thy faith hath given efficacy to the words of thy mouth, and she is now cured.” From that time Lucy sold her ornaments and her goods in order to give the proceeds to the poor and the sick.

Accused of being a Christian, she appeared before the tribunal of the heathen judge, Paschasius, whereupon being commanded to offer sacrifice to the idols, she answered: “It is a pure and undefiled worship of God to console and support widows and orphans in their tribulation. This have I now done for three years, and, after offering my possessions, I shall gladly offer also myself in sacrifice.” Because she had said: “They that live chastely and devoutly are a temple of God, and the Holy Ghost dwells in them,” they wished to drag her to a brothel, but the Lord rendered her as immovable as a pillar, so that no power could move her.

Then a funeral pyre, filled with pitch, rosin, and oil was built around her and ignited: but the flames also left her untouched.  Finally, a sword was thrust through her. Still, she continued to live until she had received the Holy Viaticum from a Priest, and had consoled the Christians who were standing around, by the announcement that peace was near at hand.

On the spot in which she suffered, a church was erected. Her feast is kept on December 13. “In thy patience thou didst possess thy soul, O Lucy, spouse of Christ! Thou didst despise what is of the world, and now thou art resplendent among the choirs of angels; with thy own blood thou didst conquer the enemy!” (Antiphon from the Divine Office)

 

St. Lucy, pray for us!

For the Greater Glory of God,

Fr. Matt