St Lucy Society

Prayer To St Lucy –

Annual Mass To Honor St. Lucy

You are warmly welcomed to attend the occasion of

THE 96th ANNIVERSARY MASS

HONORING ST. LUCY of SYRACUSE

THE PATRON SAINT OF EYE DISEASES 

on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2023 at 4 PM.

The Mass is sponsored by its founding group, The St. Lucy Society, then organized and known as La Societa di Santa Lucia di New Orleans, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church,
1139 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. (Dryades St.), New Orleans.

All are invited to attend especially those who suffer from eye ailments to venerate the St. Lucy relic.

Weekly Masses are said in honor of the living and deceased members of the St Lucy Society at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

In honor of St Lucy of Syracuse

Relying on Your Goodness, O God, we humbly ask you ,by the intercession of Your servant, Saint Lucy, to give perfect vision to our eyes, that we may serve You for Your greater honor and glory. We pray for the salvation of our souls in this world, that we may come to the enjoyment of the unfailing light of the Lamb of God in Heaven.  

Lucy whose name can mean “light” or “lucid,” is the patron saint of the blind.

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Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit.

The Patron of the Poor and Eyes

Born: 283 AD in Syracuse

Memorial Day / Feast Day: December 13th

Date of Death: Saint Lucy died in 303 AD

Cause of Death: Stabbed

Saint Lucy is the patron of the Poor and Eyes.

The story and history of Saint Lucy. Saint Lucy was born in Syracuse which was a Roman province under the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (r.284-305). Emperor Diocletian mounted some of the fiercest persecutions of the early Church especially in the East of the Empire. Lucy was a devout Christian and had taken vows of chastity. Rather than accept the hand in marriage of a lover who desired her for the sake of her beautiful eyes, she plucked them out, and sent them to him with this message: “Here hast thou what thou so much desirest; and for the rest, I beseech thee, leave me now in peace!” Nevertheless, as the legend expressly tells us, her sight was restored to her the next day. Her martyrdom, instigated by her rejected lover, was accomplished by a dagger thrust into her neck in AD 303.