Santa Lucia will be celebrated next Sunday

Photo by Allison WestPhoto by Allison West
Staff Writer

Over the weekend, the group of ladies participating in the annual Santa Lucia service, lead by Marcia Hanes, gathered for an afternoon practice to fine-tune the details including song notes and lyrics, as well as the procession into the sanctuary. In this year’s service, there will be approximately 20 bridesmaids accompanying the bride, Saint Lucia.
According to the Christian History Institute and Brittanica.com, the legend says that Saint Lucia, a third-century martyr, brought “food and aide to Christians hiding in the catacombs” during the Diocletianic Persecution, "the most severe persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire." She used the candle-lit wreath as a way to light the path, placing it on her head so she would be able to carry more supplies to those in need.
The story of Saint Lucia’s life originates from the island of Sicily, where she devoted her life to God despite the unfavorable response of the land’s rulers. She then gave her dowry to assist others, much to the dismay of her fiancé. She was then put on trial, and refused to deny or denounce her faith. Due to this, she was declared a witch and sentenced to death.
Saint Lucia is often portrayed by a young woman wearing the traditional white robe, white shoes, tinsel, and a candle-lit wreath upon her head. She is often referred to as a bride, a title given following the stories of her work and courage.
The Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be hosting Santa Lucia on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at 215 Cook Avenue in Ridgway. All are welcome to attend; a reception is set to follow the service. For more information, call (814) 772-1954.

The full article can be found in Dec. 3 edition of the Ridgway Record.

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