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.

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.

Matilda Bergstrom wearing a crown of candles symbolising St Lucy. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

1. The atmospheric Swedish service is a celebration of St Lucy

Matilda Bergstrom wearing a crown of candles symbolising St Lucy. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
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Chorus Pictor and Friends Choir during the Sankta Lucia service at York Minster. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

2. Choir in full flow

Chorus Pictor and Friends Choir during the Sankta Lucia service at York Minster. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
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The crown symbolises a halo, a red sash her martyrdom, and the service celebrates the bringing of light during the darkness of winter.

3. Candlelit procession

The crown symbolises a halo, a red sash her martyrdom, and the service celebrates the bringing of light during the darkness of winter.
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Matilda Bergstrom wearing a crown of candles symbolising St Lucy. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

4. The crown symbolises a halo

Matilda Bergstrom wearing a crown of candles symbolising St Lucy. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
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