The atmospheric Swedish service is a celebration of St Lucy, a Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the fourth century. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

10 of the best images from the stunning Sankta Lucia event at York Minster

UK-based Scandinavians gathered in York Minster on Friday evening to celebrate "Sankta Lucia" or St Lucy's Day.

Sunday, 8th December 2019, 9:09 am

St Lucy was martyred for her Christianity in Sicily in the fourth century, and in northern Europe her festival celebrates the bringing of light during the darkness of winter.

The Chorus Pictor and Friends provided the music while one of its members - Matilda Bergstrom - led the procession through the nave representing St Lucy.

She wore a crown of candles to symbolise a halo.

The choir wore red sashes over their robes to symbolise the martyr's blood.

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