Friday, December 2, 2016

St. Lucia's Day

From our church service six years ago... In honor of St. Lucia's Day, Dec. 13.

Being an eclectic congregation, we celebrate different holy days when we feel it's appropriate. At that time our Unitarian Universalist Church didn't have a minister, so we had guest speakers and sometimes lay-led programs, like this one.
Our choir sang and we had a small altar.

Two girls wore wreathes with candles (not lit) for crowns

(l to r) Annelinde, Jane, Cindi, myself, Teresa, and Ramya with 2 young girls

I contributed the sculpted ceramic figure of Gaia, who is holding a basket of flowers...to which we added small candles on her head in her wreath of leaves.  She really looked the part!

 I'm sharing again on Sepia Saturday this week!

I've missed y'all, and am going to spend hours reading the posts that other Sepians have put out for the last couple of weeks! What fun.

To see what other world-wide Sepia Saturday folks have posted, just click here and go to the bottom of that page where there are people's links under their names......or add your own contribution! It's fun to follow! I've been doing it for years!

Today's meme definitely has a little child in front of a tree in the center, so I'm taking that as my link to the St. Lucia children's ceremony. (I love having a weekly topic again. It keeps me on my toes!)


Today's Quote:


Beauty seen makes the one who sees it more beautiful.
David Steindl-Rast
A Listening Heart

18 comments:

  1. I had never even heard of St Lucia Day! Sepia Saturday once again provides me with an education.

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    1. Thanks Alan. I hope you learn more about her than this, if you're interested

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  2. Goodness. You went to a lot of trouble to make it a special event.

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    1. A group of women can do just about anything.

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  3. There's a Greek church near us and I often wonder what special days they are celebrating, like for example on two consecutive days last week when there were clearly special services on. Too ealy for St Lucia's Day I imagine.

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    1. I know nothing about Greek holy days. I learned about St. Lucia from a woman with Scandinavian ancestry many years ago.

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  4. I love the headwreaths with candles, but I understand how tricky it might be to light them!

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    1. I was glad we didn't light the head-wreaths!

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  5. Nicely linked. I love depictions of St Lucia and the way she is portrayed, often played by a child - although the poor lady was a martyr.

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    1. I wasn't to happy when I googled and found out her history either.

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  6. An interesting post - does St. Lucia day originate in Italy? I love the girls' headdresses.

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    1. As I mentioned earlier, there's apparently a Scandinavian tradition of sharing light and cookies on this day.

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  7. I first learned of St. Lucia Day years ago and love the crown of candles worn by the eldest daughter of the family - these days with battery-operated flickering candle lights rather than the real thing. There are many stories associated with St. Lucia Day - some charming, some not so much - but I prefer the charming ones so those are the ones I think of when I see a young girl in a white dress trimmed with a red ribbon and a wreath of candles and greenery on her head.

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    1. Yes, I prefer those stories, and I even once found a video of girls in a choir and wearing the white with red.

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    1. I'll look for a photo of here, but I don't think it included the candles on her head. And she was damaged and destroyed last year.

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  9. Beautiful photos, beautiful post. It looks like it was a very special and very touching occasion, if the smiles all around are any indication. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  10. A very neat connection to this weekend's theme. I read on Wikipedia that St Lucia's Day originally coincided with the winter solstice which explains the connection with candles and light.

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