Today I went to the San Frediano Cathedral here in Lucca to see St. Zita’s body in the church. I have to admit I had a morbid curiosity about seeing an actual body in a glass coffin. I had to borrow a photo from Wikipedia because my pictures were too dark. So here she is. I thinks she looks pretty good for a 700 year old body. I like her story; she was a house maid for a rich family in Lucca and she was always doing her job really well. The other servants did not like her too much because she worked hard, was cheerful and holy (a difficult combination for anyone to win a popularity contest), She was so good the family made her head housekeeper, and she worked for them until she died when she was 60 years old in 1272.
After one hundred and fifty miracles were attributed to her, she was canonized in 1696.
Her body was exhumed in 1580, discovered to be incorrupt, but has since become mummified.” (Wikipedia) She is the patron saint of domestic servants. It is also said that she is good at helping you find lost keys, that is something I could pray for.
The outside of the cathedral has a stunning 13th century golden mosaic designed in a Byzantine/medieval style. My photo does not do it justice. It glitters in the light. Here is a photo of the entire facade. Inside the church is a 12th century baptismal font that is quite beautiful. Here are some other photos from inside the church. It might seem like looking at all of these churches (Lucca is supposed to have 100 churches!) it would get boring. But each of these edifices has its own story to tell, and it is interesting to find out what it is. I would never have researched the story of St. Zita without going to this church. It was cool to see her still together and dressed so nicely.