Very little is known for certain about the earthly life of the Sicilian martyr, St. Lucia--called St. Lucy in English-speaking lands. Legends suggest she had dedicated herself to the service of God, took a vow of virginity, and was unwilling to marry despite pressure to do so for three years. At that time the Great Persecution of Emperor Diocletian was in full grip, so many Christians were in hiding or imprisoned. St. Lucy was said to carry food to the hungry and wore a crown with candles on her head to free up her hands to hold her tray of food.
Whatever the facts, we know for certain that Lucy loved her Lord enough to give up her life rather than take the relatively easy path of offering a sacrifice to an image of the emperor, and for refusing this act of worship, she was martyred around the year 304.