- Lucy and Geminian
name= Saints Lucy and Geminian
General Roman Calendar of 1962: September 16 Eastern Christianity: September 17
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Saints Lucy and Geminian (d. ca. 290 AD) [sometimes 300 AD or 304 AD is given as the date of their death.] were venerated as
saintsand martyrsof Romeduring the persecution of Diocletian. Veneration for them was ancient but their story is “only known from fabulous acts.” [Agnes Baillie Cunninghame Dunbar, "A Dictionary of Saintly Women" (Bell, 1904), 469.] They should not be confused with the better-known Lucy of Syracuseor Geminianus.
According to their legend, Lucy was a 75-year old
widowand Geminian a young catechist. Lucy was accused by her son Eutropius (or Euprepius) of being a Christian. She was brought before Diocletian, who at first attempted to dissuade her and then placed her in a cauldronof burning pitch; Lucy lived for three days in the cauldron. When Diocletian heard that she was still alive, he ordered her to be carried around the city, with weights loaded on her body. [Agnes Baillie Cunninghame Dunbar, "A Dictionary of Saintly Women" (Bell, 1904), 469.]
When Lucy was paraded by Geminian’s house, the statues of
Roman godsin his home shattered miraculously and a dovemade the sign of the cross over Geminian’s head. He followed Lucy, asking for instruction in the Christian religion as well as baptism. A priest named Protasius helped him with his request. 75 people were converted to Christianity by the example of Geminian. The judge presiding at their trial was thrown from his horse on a stone bridge; his body was never found. Lucy and Geminian were ultimately beheaded. [Agnes Baillie Cunninghame Dunbar, "A Dictionary of Saintly Women" (Bell, 1904), 469.] They were buried by a woman named Maxima.
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