The Feast of Saint Lucy
The feast of Saint Lucy is celebrated on December 13.
It is a day made up of many types of venerations and
celebrations in various countries. Not only is Saint
Lucy Day a religious celebration but it is also the
celebration of light and the winter solstice which is
the shortest day of the year.
Saint Lucy Day in Different Countries
* Croatia - On the feast of Saint Lucy, people
of Croatia plant Christmas wheat. They place the seeds
into a small plate of soil and keep it in a warm room.
When Christmas Eve arrives, eight inch long shoots will
be growing in the plate. The shoots of wheat are then
placed next to the nativity scene as a birthday gift
to baby Jesus. Sometimes the growing wheat is used as
a table centerpiece with a lighted candle.
* Italy - Saint Lucy's Day is known as Santa
Lucia in Italy. The celebrations on this day take place
all over the country. The Catholics of Sicily commemorate
the time that St. Lucy intervened during the famine
of 1582 when ships filled with grain miraculously came
to the harbor on Saint Lucy's Day, December 13. The
people were so hungry that they did not grind the wheat
into flour but boiled it and ate it immediately. Today,
on Saint Lucy's Day, the Sicilians do not eat any grain
flour but eat the traditional dish of cuccia made of
boiled whole wheat berries, ricotta cheese, and sugar.
Many other countries celebrate the feast of Saint Lucy
also with the special traditions of their own countries.
Many Catholics wear Saint Lucy jewelry on this day and
give gifts of a Saint Lucy medal, Saint Lucy charm,
or a Saint Lucy necklace to friends and loved ones.
Saint Lucy Prayer
O God, our Creator and Redeemer, Mercifully hear
our prayers that a we venerate Thy servant, St. Lucy,
for the light of faith Thou didst bestow upon her, Thou
wouldst vouchsafe to increase and to preserve this same
light in our souls, that we may be able to avoid evil,
to do good and to abhor nothing so much as the blindness
and the darkness of evil and of sin.
Relying on Thy goodness, O God, we humbly ask Thee,
by the intercession of Thy servant, St. Lucy that Thou
wouldst give perfect vision to our eyes, that they may
serve for Thy greater honor and glory, and for the salvation
of our souls in this world, that we may come to the
enjoyment of the unfailing light of the Lamb of God
St. Lucy, virgin and martyr, hear our prayer and obtain
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|St. Lucy Pendants
in 14k gold, sterling silver and gold filled.
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|St. Lucy Necklace
. Have the
jewelry store engrave the recipient's name on
the back of the pendant along with a short message
or date if appropriate.
Large Gold St. Lucy Medallions
are available in 14k gold, gold filled and sterling
silver. All sterling silver items come with a
18 inch or 24 inch chain.
|St. Lucy Charm
is the perfect
size for a charm bracelet or a necklace for a
child. All gold filled and sterling silver pendants
come with a chain.
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