Saint Days: Lucia of Syracuse
St. Lucia of Syracuse (283-304) was a martyr who was murdered during the persecution of the Church by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. While she came from a rich family, she attempted to distribute her wealth to the poor, claiming, "Whatever you give away at death for the Lord's sake you give because you cannot take it with you. Give now to the true Savior, while you are healthy, whatever you intended to give away at your death." She was martyred for her faith by the Governor of Syracuse, Paschasius.
Let us remember the faith of St. Lucia today, as we pray:
Almighty God, who gave your servant St. Lucia of Syracuse boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.