St Lucy Bethany Saints Wall Cross
Lucy's name means
", with the same root as
" which means
"clear, radiant, understandable.
" all we really know for certain is that this brave woman who lived in Syracuse lost her life in the persecution of Christians in the early fourth century. Her veneration spread to Rome so that by the sixth century the whole Church recognized her courage in defense of the faith. Lucy's name is connected to statues of Lucy holding a dish with two eyes on it. This refers to the legend in which Lucy's eyes were put out by Diocletian as part of his torture. The legend concludes with God restoring Lucy's eyes. Whatever the fact to the legends surrounding Lucy, the truth is that her courage to stand up and be counted a Christian in spite of torture and death is the light that should lead us on our own journeys through life.