St. Lucy of Syracuse – in Venice

On my recent trip to Venice I stopped in the Church of St. Jeremiah (as in, Old Testament prophet), and there I saw the tomb of St. Lucy of Syracuse (d. 304), whose body is “incorrupt”. I put that word in quotes because what the Italians often consider incorrupt is not what I would consider incorrupt. In any case, the fact that she died some 1,700 years ago and there is anything left of her at all is definitely something of a miracle.

Here is a photograph of the splendid altar with her tomb. Click to enlarge:

I saw the “no foto” signs after I took this photo.

The sisters I stayed with are the ones who make the robes in which she is vested.

As you can see, there are a lot of items left on the altar, indicating answered prayers.

St. Lucy is invoked against diseases of the eyes as, according to legend, her eyes were torn out as part of the torture that was visited upon her as she was being put to death; some legends say that her eyesight was miraculously restored, however, before she died. Read more about St. Lucy here. In art she is usually depicted holding a platter that has her eyes on it.

St. Lucy is one of the saints named in the Roman Canon – aka the First Eucharistic Prayer.

think I prayed for you all there, as that has been my custom when I visit tombs of saints and so forth, but I can’t remember for sure. So, to be sure, let’s just say it together:

St. Lucy, pray for us!

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