Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Santa Lucia

Did you know that in Sweden, the Christmas season begins with the Feast of Santa Lucia on December 13th?  Custom has it that a young girl dressed in white, wearing a wreath of candles on her head, travels about the area serving coffee and sweet saffron rolls to all she meets.  Apocryphal texts tell us that in the early days of Christian persecution, Lucia carried food to people hiding in dark underground tunnels.  To light the way, she wore a candlelit wreath on her head.  Known for her courage and desire to bring hope in the darkest of times to those in need, Santa Lucia is certainly a saint whose life we should celebrate!