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About St Lucy St Lucy according to traditional story was born of rich and noble parents in the year of 283 She is thought to have been Greek due to her mothers name Eutychia Lucy like so many of theearly martyrs had concecrated her virginity to God and hoped to devote all her worldly goods to theservice of the poorThe fame of the virgin-martyr Agatha who had been executed fifty-two years before inthe Decian persecution was attracting numerous visitors to her relics at Catania and many miracles had been wrought through her intercession Eutychia was therefore persuaded to make a pilgrimage to Catania in the hope of being cured or a haemorrhage There she was in fact cured and Lucy availing herself of the opportunity persuadedher mother to allow her to distributea great part of her riches among the poor The largess stirred the greed of the unworthy youth towhom Lucy had been unwillingly betrothed and he denounced her to Paschasius the Governor of Sicily It was in the year 303 during the persecution of Diocletian She was first of all condemned to suffer prostitution but in the strength of God she stood immovable so that they could not drag her away to the place of shame Bundles of wood were then heaped about her and set on fire and again God saved her Finally she met her death by the sword But before she died she foretold the punishment of Paschasius and the speedy termination of the persecution adding that Diocletian would reign no more and Maximian would meet his end So strengthened with the Bread of Life and she won her crown of virginity and martyrdom
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