John Palcewski (forioscribe) wrote,
John Palcewski

Santa Lucia

I’m not an expert on Christian iconography, but I recognized this one—of Santa Lucia de Syracuse. The picture directly above is in the Soccorso chapel, and below is an image I made in the Convento S. Antonio, on the other side of the island, near Ischia Ponte.

The feast of Santa Lucia, December 13, commemorates the life of a young Christian woman of first century Rome. Her father died when she was young, and her mother, Eutychia, arranged a marriage for her with Paschasius, a pagan. Lucia resisted him for three years and, furious, her rejected suitor denounced her to the governor of Sicily. She was found guilty and was sentenced to forced prostitution. She resisted arrest, so the governor ordered that her eyes be torn out and that she be burned at the stake. The governor’s soldiers succeeded in blinding her, but could not get the fire started. Finally she was stabbed to death with a dagger.

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