Saint Lucia was from Syracuse in Sicily, a virgin betrothed to a certain pagan.
Since her mother suffered from an issue of blood, she went with her
to the shrine of Saint Agatha at Catania to seek healing (see Feb.
5). There Saint Agatha appeared to Lucia in a dream, assuring her of
her mother's healing, and foretelling Lucia's martyrdom. When her mother
had been healed, Lucia gladly distributed her goods to the poor, preparing
herself for her coming confession of Christ. Betrayed as a Christian
by her betrothed to Paschasius the Governor, she was put in a brothel
to be abased, but was preserved in purity by the grace of God. Saint
Lucia was beheaded in the year 304, during the reign of Diocletian.
Kontakion in the Third Tone:
We extol with fervent love thy most illustrious contest, and we praise
and honour thee as a chaste virgin and victor; for since thou didst
seek the beauty of Christ and none else, thou didst hate all things
corruptible, O wise Lucia. Wherefore, when thou wast beheaded, thou
wast adorned with an incorruptible crown.
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