Santa Lucia

Greek Siracusa Roman Siracusa Santa Lucia

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

 

confessional

 

baptismal font

 

 


Piazza del Duomo

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Madonna delle Lacrime
(Lady of the Tears)

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