California Lutheran University | Sankta Lucia Service


The ceremony of Sankta Lucia pays homage to the Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13, 304 A.D. The tradition, brought to America by Swedish immigrants, has been part of the university’s holiday celebrations since its early years. The festival honors the character traits of mercy, humility and purity of heart, as seen in the Beatitudes in the Gospel of Matthew.

Undergraduate students select five female and five male representatives whose depth of character and faith make them leaders in the Cal Lutheran community. Lucia, her attendants and their escorts enter to an ancient hymn and read an adaptation of the legend. Attendants then light the candles in Lucia’s crown.

Admission is free. Sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry. For information, call (805) 493-3228.



 

California Lutheran University


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