Saint Lucy, also known as Santa Lucia, was a rich, young Christian of Greek ancestry. Although Saint Lucy's mother arranged a marriage for her after her father's death, Saint Lucy prayed that she might devote her life to her religious convictions. Her potential bridegroom was pagan, and once he knew of his rejection, arranged that she be punished.
Part of this punishment was to tear out her eyes violently. Because of this terrible fate, St. Lucy has become the patron of those with eye problems, including the blind. After blinding her, her captors attempted to burn her at the stake and the fires were quelled, supposedly by Saint Lucy's devotion. She was later killed, but is said that her eyesight was restored, thus her patronage.