Cross and Anchors statue in foreground with snow covered campus

December 13, 2021

Memorial of St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
By Campus Ministry Staff - Chapel of Christ the King

Today in the Church we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Lucy. St. Lucy was an early Christian martyr (5th century) and is often referred to as a patron saint of sight because her name (Lucia in Italian) is associated with light.

The celebration of St. Lucy often includes candles and the lighting of wreaths, similar to our tradition of lighting the Advent wreath. On campus at the Chapel of Christ the King, we have decorated the Chapel for Advent and Christmas with a lot of lights. We have the increasing lights of the Advent wreath, the lights on Christmas trees and garland around the Chapel, lights around the rest of the chapel and the typical candle lights around the altar and in the sanctuary. The additional lights during this Advent and Christmas seasons accentuate the lights that are present during the rest of the year.

During Advent and Christmas, we see an increased attendance at our daily and Sunday Masses – both in person and on the livestream. The additional “lights” in our community help accentuate the brightness of the community that gathers regularly throughout the year.

As people who strive to mirror the light of Christ in our lives and in our community, this season and the growing brightness of it is a great blessing. May we continue to reflect the light of Christ in each other's lives and in the King’s community!

To read today's readings and all readings this Advent Season, please visit https://bible.usccb.org/.