Patron Saint – St. Lucy

The Patron Saint Lucy
What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries? The term ‘Patron’ is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country. There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest. There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Lucy
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of the Poor and Eyes
  • Born: 283 in Syracuse
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: December 13th
  • Date of Death: Saint Lucy died in A.D. 303
  • Cause of Death: Stabbed

Who or what is Saint Lucy the patron saint of?
Saint Lucy is the patron of the Poor and Eyes. Meanings, definition and origins – a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

The Story and History of Saint Lucy
The story and history of Saint Lucy. Saint Lucy was born in Syracuse which was a Roman province under the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (r.284-305). Emperor Diocletian mounted some of the fiercest persecutions of the early Church especially in the East of the Empire.¬†Lucy was a devout Christian and had taken vows of chastity. Rather than accept the hand in marriage of a lover who desired her for the sake of her beautiful eyes, she plucked them out, and sent them to him with this message: “Here hast thou what thou so much desirest; and for the rest, I beseech thee, leave me now in peace!” Nevertheless, as the legend expressly tells us, her sight was restored to her the next day. Her martyrdom, instigated by her rejected lover, was accomplished by a dagger thrust into her neck in AD 303.

Death of Saint Lucy
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Lucy died in A.D. 303. Cause of Death: Stabbed.

Why is Saint Lucy the patron of the Poor and Eyes?
Why is Saint Lucy is the patron of the Poor and Eyes? Saint Lucy is the patroness of the Poor and Eyes, on account of her boundless charity and that her eyes were plucked out.

How Saint Lucy is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognize Saint Lucy in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Lucy is represented in Christian Art is generally represented as bearing a dish or platter with two eyes on it. Occasionally, the blood is seen trickling from the wound in her neck.

Feast Day of Saint Lucy
The Feast Day of Saint Lucy is December 13th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint’s feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.