PRAYER TO ST LUCY, PROTECTOR OF THE EYES

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Feast Day: December 13

O St Lucy, you preferred to let your eyes be torn out instead of denying the faith and defiling your soul; and God, through an extraordinary miracle, replaced them with another pair of sound and perfect eyes to reward your virtue and faith, appointing you as the protector against eye diseases. I come to you for you to protect my eyesight and to heal the illness in my eyes.

O St Lucy, preserve the light of my eyes so that I may see the beauties of creation, the glow of the sun, the colour of the flowers and the smile of children.

Preserve also the eyes of my soul, the faith, through which I can know my God, understand His teachings, recognise His love for me and never miss the road that leads me to where you, St Lucy, can be found in the company of the angels and saints.

St Lucy, protect my eyes and preserve my faith.

St. Lucy, pray for us!!

Amen.

ST. LUCY

Lucy means “light”, with the same Latin root, lux. Ironically, St Lucy’s history is shrouded in darkness: all that is really known for certain is that she was a martyr in Syracuse, Italy during Diocletian’s persecutions of A.D. 304. Her veneration spread to Rome, so that by the 6th century the whole Church recognized her courage in defense of the faith.

Because people wanted to shed light on Lucy’s bravery, legends grew up, reported in the Acta that are associated with her name. All the details are conventional ones also associated with other female martyrs of the early 4th century. Her Roman father died when she was young, leaving her and her mother without a protecting guardian. Her mother, Eutychia, had suffered four years with a “bloody flux” but Lucy having heard the renown of Saint Agatha the patroness of Catania, “and when they were at a Mass, one read a gospel which made mention of a woman which was healed of the bloody flux (dysentery) by touching of the hem of the coat of Jesus Christ,” which, according to Legenda Aurea, convinced her mother to pray together at Saint Agatha’s tomb. They stayed up all night praying, until they fell asleep, exhausted. Saint Agatha appeared in a vision to Lucy and said, “Soon you shall be the glory of Syracuse, as I am of Catania.” At that instant Eutychia was cured.

Eutychia had arranged a marriage for Lucy with a pagan bridegroom, but Lucy urged that the dowry be spent on alms so that she might retain her virginity. Euthychia suggested that the sums would make a good bequest, but Lucy countered, “…whatever you give away at death for the Lord’s sake you give because you cannot take it with you. Give now to the true Savior, while you are healthy, whatever you intended to give away at your death.” News that the patrimony and jewels were being distributed came to the ears of Lucy’s betrothed, who heard from a chattering nurse that Lucy had found a nobler Bridegroom.

Her rejected pagan bridegroom denounced Lucy as a Christian to the magistrate Paschasius, who ordered her to burn a sacrifice to the Emperor’s image. Lucy replied that she had given all that she had: “I offer to him myself, let him do with his offering as it pleaseth him.” Sentenced to be defiled in a brothel, Lucy asserted:

No one’s body is polluted so as to endanger the soul if it has not pleased the mind. If you were to lift my hand to your idol and so make me offer against my will, I would still be guiltless in the sight of the true God, who judges according to the will and knows all things. If now, against my will, you cause me to be polluted, a twofold purity will be gloriously imputed to me. You cannot bend my will to your purpose; whatever you do to my body, that cannot happen to me
The Christian tradition states that when the guards came to take her away they found her so filled with the Holy Spirit that she was stiff and heavy as a mountain; they could not move her even when they hitched her to a team of oxen. Even with a dagger through her throat she prophesied against her persecutor. As final torture, her eyes were gouged out. She was miraculously still able to see without her eyes. In paintings and statues, St. Lucy is frequently shown holding her eyes on a golden plate.

She is the patron saint of eyes

St. Lucy pray for us!!!

30 COMMENTS

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  1. I have also been diagnosed with macular degeneration and with glaucoma. I pray to St. Lucy to protect me from further progression and to heal the damage that has been done. Amen.

  2. Asking for my friend Kay Sutch who has both eyes failing she has such a beautiful attitude such a special lady has a special love for Jesus🙏❤🙏❤🙏

  3. Asking prayers for my son and my uncle…both are faced with eye medical issues….please prayers for healing and that surgeries are not necessary.

  4. Heal my eyes o f the disease that doctor said I had. I will be going to a specialist pray that my eyes get well I have been assured by my Mighty GOD that all will be well.

  5. Praying for my daughter, Lori, who has been diagnosed with melanoma of the eye. It is located near the macula. At this point it is stable. Praying that it remains stagnant and does not become active again or spread. St. Lucy pray for her healing. Jesus I trust in you.

  6. St. Lucy please pray for my husband eyes to get better, heel his eye infections pray for him to see better. St Lucy pray for his healing. Jesus I trust in u.
    Amen.

  7. Mother Mary, God our father, and St. Lucy please heal my son’s nystagmus, astigmatism, and other illnesses. Please protect him against retina degeneration and other illnesses. I love my son so much! We have faith and that he will be healed! Amen

    Readers, please include my son your prayers. Thank you!

  8. St. Lucy please pray for me Dr saw something in the back of my right eye . I have to do a couple of tests to rule out glaucoma. St Lucy please intercede for my Jesus I trust in you .

  9. Please pray for my dad who will have a procedure in two days; to remove blood on his eyes because he is diabetic. Pray for his eyes to get better and healed. Also for the doctors and health professionals to be inspired by The Holy Spirit and to do his will for the rest of their lives. Also for his soul to be inspired and transformed by Jesus and to live his life acccording to the will of God the Almighty.

  10. On this Feast Day of St. Lucy, please pray that the macular hole in my wife’s eye will heal on it’s on so that she will not require surgery next month.

  11. Please for my father , He already lost his eye sight in one eye . Pray for the eye he still to Become stronger and Pray Dr who would be able to do the surgery so he can 100% in that eye !

  12. Saint Lucy please pray for me I don’t want to undergo the surgery for my eyes. Am interceding for your help upon my eyes in Jesus name Amen.

  13. I beg you St. Lucy to heal my sister’s eyes. She is QUICKLY going completely blind, and is terrified. The doctors say that there is no longer hope for her. I trust in God and St. LUCY to make her see again!

  14. I’m asking for prayers from anyone and everyone, and I’m praying to St. Lucy for her intercession through our Lord, to restore my Dad’s vision. He was born with glaucoma and at age 62 he is completely blind right now. We don’t know if it’s permanent but I’m hoping and praying for his vision to return and that his eyesight will become stronger and his faith during this time as well.

  15. St. Lucy, please pray for my Pastor, Fr. Eric Powell of Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal, Illinois. His eye was injured in an accident. He has shared so much of the light of Christ with his flock.

  16. St. Lucy – PLEASE help me find the way to remove the scar tissue in my eyes so that I can feel myself again! I have lost hope that I can be helped – please lead my to the Doctor who can help me! I pray to you for a miracle!

  17. St Lucy please pray for my husband John who will undergo another eye procedure on July 28, 2020. He had to resign his job and go on disability. Please St Livy I am praying for the miraculous healing of my husband’s eyesight so that he can return to work when it is safe. May Gods will be done. Amen

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