Our new banner: Saint Lucy warning the Governor
The banner image at the top of this website is cropped from a painting depicting Lucy – a rich Christian woman of Sicily who refused marriage and gave her money to the poor. Her rejected suitor (a pagan fellow her mother had betrothed her to) denounced Lucy to the authorities during the Diocletian persecution.
The Governor of Syracuse ordered Lucy to burn a sacrifice to the emperor’s image. When she refused, the Governor sentenced her to be defiled in a brothel. Christian tradition states that when the guards came to take her away, they could not move her even when they hitched her to a team of oxen. Bundles of wood were then heaped about her and set on fire, but would not burn. Finally, she met her death by the sword in 304 AD.
A later legend says that Lucy’s eyes were gouged out as part of the persecution but were miraculously restored at her death.
In the painting above, Lucy is standing before the Governor who condemned her at the behest of the abuser who sought to marry her. She is pointing upward to Heaven, warning the judge of the wrath that will come upon him for siding with the ungodly. The Holy Spirit hovers over her.
Lucy was later canonised as a saint by the Roman Catholic church. The painting is part of a series by Lorenzo Lotto depicting the story of St Lucy. The painting is located at the Pinacoteca Civica in the town of Jesi, Italy.
We have chosen another image of Saint Lucy for the profile picture on our FaceBook page. It shows Lucy with her eyes gouged out. The artist is Adolfo Wildt, a little-known sculptor from early 20th century.
Please, male survivors, we hope don’t take offence at the gender balance in these images. As you will know if you follow our blog, most of the victims we support are female, but some are male, and we never want to make the blokes feel marginalised or invisibilized (yeah, I know it’s not a real word). So please, we hope you bear with these images graciously.
Here is another painting of Saint Lucy before the Governor. In this one she is harnessed to the team of oxen that are going to try to drag her to a brothel.
You might like to check out the Pinterest board for A Cry For Justice [Internet Archive link].
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