Why did Saint Lucy the patron saint of the blind cut her eyes out and put them on a plate?

Saint Lucy is the patron saint of the blind.

Saint Lucy, also known as Saint Lucia, was a wealthy Christian martyr who is venerated as a saint by Roman Catholic, and Orthodox Christians.

As history tells it, she was a Roman governor who had her eyes put out because of her Christian faith.

Keep your own eye out for these other strange depictions in historical Catholic churches:

Saint Rocco, seen with a lesion on his leg and a dog licking it.

Saint Hedwig, portrayed with shoes under her arm and no shoes on her feet.

Saint Dymphna, often seen surrounded by crazy people in golden shackles.

Saint Stanislaus, usually portrayed being chopped up in front of an altar.

Saint Guignole, a guy with a pronounced erection.

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