This December 13, we celebrate the “Name Day” of our youngest. St. Lucy was a fourth-century Roman martyr and virgin. Her name is included in the Roman Canon of the Mass. The Collect from today’s Mass:
May the glorious intercession of the Virgin and Martyr Saint Lucy give us new heart, we pray, O Lord, so that we may celebrate her heavenly birthday in this present age and so behold things eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
She is frequently depicted holding a plate in front of her with her own two eyes upon it, because in refusing to marry her betrothed, a pagan, her eyes were gouged out as punishment. It is said that God miraculously restored her sight, adding dimension to what could be characterized a rather gruesome depiction. You can read a bit more about her by going here.
She is a Patron(ess): against hemorraghes; authors; blind people; blindness; cutlers; dysentery; eye disease; eye problems; glaziers; hemorraghes; laborers; martyrs; peasants; Perugia, Italy; saddlers; salesmen; stained glass workers; Syracuse, Sicily; throat infections; writers.