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Letter to the editor: St. Lucy was a martyr, not a mythical figure

We are writing regarding the article "Sankta Lucia brings light to darkness" published in the December 1 issue of the Duluth Budgeteer News.

Sankta Lucia, "St. Lucy" in English, was not "an ancient mythical figure" as apparently stated on the government of Sweden's website. St. Lucy was a real person. A young woman, she died a martyr for the Christian faith in 304 A.D. in Syracuse, Sicily, during the persecution of Christians by the Roman emperor Diocletian.

The Catholic Church observes the feast day of St. Lucy, virgin and martyr, on December 13 every year. This is during the liturgical season of Advent when the Church is preparing for Christmas. The shortest days of the year are in Advent. After Christmas the days grow longer. There is more light and less darkness.

The Swedish Lutheran Church also observes Sankta Lucia Day in December.

Thank you for your kind attention to our letter.

Bob and Sandi Arola