Santa Lucia

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Santa Lucia


map of downtown Siracusa showing Santa Lucia square


contains the government buildings and the archdiocese office



the place for many marriages



the cathedral which was built with many of the old Greek columns


the altar of a chapel


Virgin Mary chapel


main altar of the cathedral

Santa Lucia, the patron saint of the city, who was martyred at Syracuse during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian


schedule of the Feast of Santa Lucia



May 1976

St. Lucia is the patron saint of the city of Syracuse where she was born. The main celebration occurs on the 13th of December and in May. St. Lucy is also popular among children in some regions of North-Eastern Italy, namely Trentino, East Lombardy (Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona and Mantua), some parts of Veneto, (Verona), some parts of Emilia Romagna, (Piacenza, Parma and Reggio Emilia), and all Friuli, where she brings gifts to good children and coal to bad ones. Children are asked to leave some food for Lucia (a sandwich, or anything else available at the moment) and for the flying donkey that helps her carry gifts (flour, sugar, or salt), but they must not see Santa Lucia delivering gifts or she will throw ashes in their eyes, temporarily blinding them. In Sicily and among the Sicilian diaspora, cucciŠ is eaten in memory of Saint Lucy's miraculous averting of famine.

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St. Lucia being carried thru the street in procession
the Cardinal looking on from his window


festival refreshments


the chapel where the statue of Santa Lucia is often placed
(currently removed to be part of a procession)


the cathedral pulpit


grave marking in the floor of the cathedral


honoring a bishop




baptismal font



Piazza del Duomo








Madonna delle Lacrime
(Lady of the Tears)

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