December 2019 Letter

Festival of Light

 

Each year as the calendar changes to December, our thoughts turn to decorations, Christmas trees, and especially lights. On December 20th, the Church celebrates the Festival of St. Lucia, the martyr. Lucia, whose name means “light,” became one of the victims of the great persecution of Christians under the Roman emperor Diocletian. Lucia met her untimely death on the island of Sicily in 304 AD.

 

Known for her charity, “Santa Lucia” (as she is called in Italy) gave away her dowry ad remained a virgin until her execution by the sword. Because her name means “light,” festivals of light commemorating her martyrdom became popular throughout Europe, especially in the Scandinavian countries. There Lucia’s feast day corresponds with the time of the year when there is the least amount of daylight. In artistic expressions, Lucia is often portrayed in art wearing a white baptismal gown, wearing a wreath of candles on her head.

 

O Almighty God, by whose grace and power Your holy martyr Lucia triumphed over suffering and remained ever faithful unto death, grant us, who now remember her with thanksgiving, to be so true in our witness to You in this world that we may receive with her new eyes without tears and the crown of light and life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who came to bring Light to a world of sin-filled darkness, and who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

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