Today the Church remembers and honors a martyr from the early 300s, Lucy (whose name means “light”). Virtually nothing is known about her except what we know by tradition. Lucy vowed to give her life to Christ and the service of His Kingdom; however, Lucy’s mother had other plans. She tried to arrange a marriage for Lucy with a non-Christian Roman, but Lucy did not want to marry the man. Lucy prayed for her mother to overcome a long illness, and tradition has it that her mother was cured. Now Lucy’s mother was more receptive to her daughter’s way of life. Lucy gave all of her money to the poor and committed her life to God.
Tradition has it that the jilted bridegroom was less than happy with Lucy and turned her over to the Roman authorities for being a Christian. The governor tried to send Lucy into prostitution; however, the guards who came to take her away could not move her. Ultimately, Lucy, like so many other Christians during Diocletian’s reign, was tortured and died for their faith.
Let us pray: Loving God, for the salvation of all you gave Jesus Christ as light to a world in darkness: Illumine us, with your daughter Lucy, with the light of Christ, that by the merits of his passion we may be led to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Next Sunday at 2 p.m., Bishop Doyle will dedicate the new Robert L. and Ann Moody Activity Center at Trinity Episcopal School.
Adult Christian Education on Sundays at 11 A.M. during Advent: The Scripture behind Handel’s Messiah.
Christmas Eve Eucharist, Rite II on 24 December at 4 P.M.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski+St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550