The famous trial of Lucia before Archon Paschasius proved her faith and also her pride in proclaiming herself a Christian. Threatened to be sent to a brothel among prostitutes, Lucia said, "The body is contaminated only if the soul consents." The magistrate ordered to carry her there, but her body became so heavy, that dozens of men could not move her. In her answers to the judge Lucia embarrassed the Archon so that, in order to bend her, he used tortures. But Lucia was unharmed, knelt down and was beheaded. Before her death, she announced the end of Diocletian's rule and peace for the Church.
There is no foundation to the medieval tradition that Lucia gouged out her own eyes, before execution. The emblem of the eyes on a cup, or plate, is to be connected to her name "Lucia" coming from the Latin lux (=light). In the iconography the eyes are often accompanied by a dagger stuck in her throat, which derives from another tradition that described her death by "jugulatio" rather than by beheading.
The body of the saint, taken away from Syracuse in ancient times by the Byzantines, was later stolen by the Venetians, who conquered Constantinople (modern Istanbul) and is currently preserved in the church of San Geremia in Venice. The sacred remains of the saint returned exceptionally to Syracuse for seven days in December 2004 on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of her martyrdom. The arrival and departure of the remains were greeted by an amazing crowd, and because of very high participation and devotion, the bishops of the two cities have spoken of a possible permanent return to Syracuse.