Life of St. Lucy: the Movie

SYRACUSE, Sicily, SEPT. 1, 2003 (ZENIT.orgAvvenire).- The province of Syracuse will finance the production of a film on the life of its patroness St. Lucy, to celebrate 1,700 years since her martyrdom.

The project has been entrusted to Milan film director Giovanni Virgadaula, author of other cinematographic works on the lives of saints, such as St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Agatha. Casting for the role of St. Lucy will begin this month.

The project is supported by Bishop Giuseppe Costanzo of Syracuse, who has presided over the committee that is researching the saint’s life.

Of noble lineage, Lucy’s faith experience was influenced by that of another young Sicilian martyr: Agatha. In an apparition, Lucy saw Agatha, who told her: “As the city of Catania was sanctified through me, so through you the city of Syracuse will be saved.”

Lucy decided to consecrate herself to God and to sell all her possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. When a would-be suitor, a pagan, realized he wouldn’t be able to marry Lucy, he accused her before the authorities for her Christian faith. Lucy was martyred on Dec. 13 in the year 304.