Leigh Hatts  

St Lucy’s light

Swedish Lucia

St Lucy’s Day, Monday 13 December, provides another suggestion of the coming light of Christ.

It is an important stepping stone in Advent for those in Scandinavia, Sicily and Venice.

In Swedish homes and churches it is the tradition for girls to dress as Lucy and wear a crown of candles to recall the manner in which she lit the way and kept her hands free to help the poor and persecuted.

In her home town of Siracusa there is a week of celebration and in Venice many visit her body displayed in a lovely new dress in San Geremia e Lucia church.

The Lucia service at Southwark Cathedral