Icon of Saint Lucy

St. Lucy was born around 283 AD.

Dear St Lucy, your name signifies the light, we come to you full of confidence, and we beseech you to obtain for us a holy light that will make us careful not to walk in the path of sin, nor remain surrounded by the darkness of error. We also ask through your intercession, for the preservation of the light of our eyes and an abundance of grace that we may use our sight according to the divine will without any harm to our souls. Grant, O dear St. Lucy, that after venerating and thanking you for your powerful protection here on earth, we may finally share your joy in Paradise in the eternal light of the Lamb of God, your beloved Bridegroom, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. O God, who gave the world the brightness of the glorious virgin and martyr St. Lucy, grant through her intercession that by loving you with a pure heart we may deserve to possess the wisdom of the saints. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

Saint Lucy Hair

The Feast Day of St. Lucy is December 13th. She is one of only eight women traditionally mentioned in the Mass.

So, I wanted to make a more naturalistic icon of St. Lucy, where she looks more real and less like a plaster statue.

The Symbolism of the Icon

Saint Lucy Closeup of Head

Saint Lucy is believed to have died around 304 A.D. It is traditional in icons of her to show her without eyes. I have added a clean blindfold to this custom.

In this icon, St. Lucy is illuminated by the spirit of God even though she no longer as the eyes to see this one. The symbolism of the eyes on the platter is on most icons of St. Lucy. She calmly accepts her destiny (Matthew 5:10-11), and wears a dress of fire. The symbol of fire is not used in her icons but it is used in some Scandinavian processions in her honor. On her feast day of December 13th in those countries some young women crowns of lit candles as they process or sing in choir.

This particular icon eschews the golden skin and rigid pose of the Eastern Orthodox style. Her posture is relaxed, and the clothing is naturalistic. This is more similar to art produced during and after the European Renesaince. Her calmness and certainty of her choice to retain her virtue regardless of its cost, assure us of her example and prayer.

Saint Lucy in the Fire

Saint Lucy was born in what is now Italy. She distributed some of the wealth of her family while she was still living. An indirect quote put words in her mouth the the effect of, ‘Give now to the true Savior, while you are healthy, whatever you intended to give away at your death.’

The History of St. Lucy

Medieval stories about St. Lucy assure us that her eyes were gouged out before she was martyred. The most famous accounts of her date back to the 1200’s and the work of Jacobus de Voragine and are based on orial stories dating back at least as the 500’s. St. Lucy herself lived in the 200’s. She was once so popular in Medieval and Post-Medieval England that her feast day was popularily observed as a day off from work. The story goes she lived a simple life as a Christian, however when she refused a forced marriage she was martyred.

Saint Lucy Text

I was inspired by the font ‘Trajan’ which has strong, classical lines which is inspired by chiseled lettering utilized by the Roman Empire.

Prayer to Saint Lucy

O God, our Creator and Redeemer, mercifully hear our prayers that as we venerate your servant, Saint Lucy, for the light of faith you bestowed upon her, you would increase and 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 your goodness, O God, we humbly ask you, by the intercessory prayers of your servant, Saint Lucy, that you would give perfect vision to our eyes, that they may serve for your greater honor and glory and for the salvation of our souls in this world, that we may come to the enjoyment of your unfailing light of the Lamb of God in paradise. Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.

Saint Lucy Platter

For Saint Lucy, even when her persecutors lit a fire around her she still would not burn. They gouged out her eyes, yet she still would not die. They attempted to kidnap her for nefarious means, but they could not move her. After her death it was found that her eyes had been miraculously restored.