Saints of Sicily Saint Rosalia Saint Lucy Minibook
Title: Saints of Sicily Saint Rosalia Saint Lucy
Authors: Bob and Penny Lord
Publisher: Journeys of Faith
Format: Printed minibook
Women Saints of Sicily
Sicily is an enchanting land filled with ancient monuments of their history, including amphitheaters’ in Siracusa which tells the story of a civilization of centuries past, and the Greek temples scattered throughout the country, especially in Agrigento, which highlights the landscape of the country.
However, for our purposes and most important to our Faith belief, we want to share with you two special Saints of Sicily; Saints Rosalia, or Saint Rosalie, and Santa Lucia, or as we know her so well, Saint Lucy of Siracusa. Both of these women were powerful intercessors for the people of Sicily for centuries, and have had and continue to have a great influence on the spirituality of the Country.
We begin in Palermo and one of the most famous shrines in the heart of the country, Santa Rosalia. Her remains are held with great respect in the Cathedral of Palermo. She is the patron Saint of Palermo. But her story begins high up on a mountaintop to get to where it all happened. When we drive up this curvy road, it’s hard to imagine our little heroine climbing up this steep, ragged path, impassible at times. She chose a cave in what appears to be the center of an amphitheater with a border of ragged rocks. She was truly a rose and lily among the thorns that greeted her and protected her for the few years that she lasted up there. Only the sound of sweet, chirping birds and the symphony and the seas splashing waves against the rocks below melodiously lulled her to sleep when evening pulled down her shade to reveal a panorama of stars, her Lord showering her with His majestic Creation.
Come with Bob and Penny to Sicily, to share in the lives of two powerful Saints of Sicily, Santa Rosalia, patron Saint of Palermo, and the famed Santa Lucia, patron Saint of eyes and Breasts, and slo Patron Saint of Siracusa, Sicily.
Bob and Penny travel to the top of Monte Pellegrino and discuss where St. Rosalia lived her final days, and where she appeared to a hunter and saved the city of Palermo from the Plague.
Come to Venice and Siracusa, where the story of the life of St. Lucy unfolds. Bob and Penny share eyewitness testimony about the day the body of St. Lucy was stolen from the Church in Venice, and then returned. The life of both Saints is fascinating.
We discuss the celebrations which take place each year in honor of the Saints.