SAINT LUCY, VIRGIN-MARTYR, OF SYRACUSE, ITALY 9366 St Lucy was born of rich and noble parents about the year 283. Her father was of Roman origin, but his early death left her dependent upon her mother, Eutychia. Lucy consecrated her virginity to God, and she hoped to devote all her worldly goods to the service of the poor. The fame of the miraculous relics of the virgin-martyr Agatha, was attracting numerous visitors to her relics at Catania. Eutychia was therefore persuaded to make a pilgrimage to Catania, in the hope of being cured of a hæmorrhage, from which she had been suffering for several years. There she was in fact cured, and Lucy persuaded her mother to allow her to distribute a great part of her riches among the poor. This stirred the greed of the unworthy youth to whom Lucy had been unwillingly betrothed, and he denounced her to the Governor of Sicily. It was in the year 303, during the fierce persecution of Diocletian. She was first of all condemned to suffer the shame of prostitution; and then to be burned alive, but in both cases God spared her. Finally, she met her death by the sword,.