Today December 13, is the Feast day of two of my favorite Saints. St. Lucy and St. Odilia.
St. Lucy – patron of eyes has two stories attached to her, one is that a prince wanted to marry her, and was enchanted by her beautiful eyes. He threatened to call her out as a Christian if she refused to marry him. This of course didn’t frighten her. She had explained that she had no desire to marry, she had decided to devote her life to God. The story goes that she tore her eyes out, placed them in a dish and said if you like my eyes so much, take them. Shortly after, her eyes were miraculously healed and restored, but she was taken to the authorities, and martyred for her faith.
The other story is that her eyes were torn out as part of her martyrdom, and that they miraculously came back before her death.
You can read more here.
Either way, you have a remarkable Saint who’s unbending devotion to God was courageous to say the least. She inspired me so much I made a St. Lucy doll for the first Carnival of Saints and Souls show, and I did some Wet Plate Collodion portraits of her that I’ll be making into cards this year! She also is the inspiration behind my band Hazard County Girls song, Lucy’s Eyes.
Here’s a photo of the Wet Plate Camera I used focused in on Lucy, followed by the final Wet Plate Image.
St. Odilia is also the patron of eyesight.
Odilia was born blind, and because of this her family abandoned her, choosing to give her to a peasant family rather than have her killed. Odilia was baptized at the age of twelve, and at the moment she was Christened, her sight was miraculously restored. You can read more about Saint Odilia here.
I made a Saint Odilia doll for the second Carnival of Saints and Souls show. Here she is.
As a little bonus here are a couple of my favorite famous paintings of these Saints.
Hope everyone has a Dollightful day xo
St. Lucy by Domenico di Pace Beccafumi
St. Lucy by Francesco del Cossa