Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The current Catholic liturgical calendar observes today as the memorial of St. Lucy, martyred on this date at Syracuse probably at the beginning of the Fourth Century.
Lucy came to be associated with light, the Latin root of her name. Perhaps the most perduring and colorful celebrations developed in the Scandinavian countries, where nature curfews light in winter. Read a description of the way Lucy's feast had been and continues to be observed in Sweden and Norway, in particular.
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