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Lucia, Saint
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[German Version]

According to the legendary Passio (c. 500), as a virgin consecrated to Christ she was put to death by the sword, after much torture, in Syracuse during the Diocletian persecution (Persecutions of Christians: I). Her supposed relics came to Metz in 970, whence her cult expanded (feast day Dec 13). The Lucia catacomb and the grave inscription of Euskia, signs of early cultic veneration, were discovered in Syracuse at the end of the 19th century. The figure of Lucia found its way into poetry, popular song, and popular piety.


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Unterburger, Klaus, “Lucia, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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