Patroness of Sales People, Writers and Martyrs; Invoked as Aid for Blindness and Eye Trouble, against Throat Infection and Epidemics.
Brave Lucia lost her life to the persecution of the Christians in the early 4th century. Born to a wealthy Sicilian family, she dedicated her life to God after her mother had a miraculous cure at the shrine of the Virgin Martyr Agnes. When Lucia vowed to give all her worldly goods to the poor and devote herself to Christ, her rejected fiance betrayed her to the authorities as a Christian. She was taken to a brothel to defile her but nothing could move her. An attempt to burn her at the stake also failed. Legends tell of her eyes being put out, and then restored by God, and of her death finally by a sword piercing her throat.
The Feast Day is on December 21 the Winter Solstice.
"May I always meet my customers with right intention so that what I sell is of benefit to them."