As summarized from Catholic.org and Wikipedia, Lucy’s name means “light” and its etymology also refers to “clarity.” St. Lucia — also known as Saint Lucy, Santa Lucia, Sankta Lucia and Santa Lucía — died in Diocletian Christian persecution. She has been declared as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Churches.
Now celebrated primarily in Scandinavia countries on December 13th, St. Lucia is often represented by dressing a young woman in white with a crown of candles. Like many celebrations of light this time of year, St. Lucy brings light on one of winter’s darkest days.
Here at Spring Garden, a procession of second-graders all dressed in white and wearing crowns and/or carrying candles (and sometimes bread) visit other classrooms. This symbolizes warmth and light in this cold, dark season. Second graders learn about Saints in their curriculum, presented as stories about those in society who have struggled to do good for others. Children in Class 2 learn stories, like that of St. Lucia, throughout the school year.
Many different legends have sprung up around this young Christian martyr, but children at Spring Garden are told of her venturing into the snow to provide food and hope to those starving during a difficult winter. She was filled with the light of God’s spirit as she made her way across the frozen lakes and hills bringing food, light and warmth to despairing hearts.