Saint Cecilia

					Saint Cecilia

 Patron saint of musicians

 Feast day: November 22
    Patron Saint of Music
• St. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of
  music because of stories that she heard
  heavenly music in her heart when she was
  married, and that as she was dying she
  sang to God.

• St. Cecilia is represented in art with an
  organ or organ-pipes in her hand.
 Background information
• It is believed that St. Cecilia was born in
  the 2nd or 3d century A.D.
• She was the daughter of a wealthy Roman
  family, and a Christian from birth.
• St. Cecilia was an only child.
• She was promised in marriage to a pagan
  named Valerian.
               Love Story
• St. Cecilia had vowed her virginity to God.
• She told Valerian that an angel watched over
  her to guard her purity.
• Wanting to see the angel himself, Cecilia sent
  Valerian to be baptized by the Pope.
• He then saw Cecilia praying in her chamber,
  guarded by an angel with flaming wings
• The angel placed crowns of roses and lilies on
  their heads, and then vanished.
   Valerian and Tibertius
• Tibertius, the brother of Valerian, entered,
  and wondered at the fragrance and beauty
  of the flowers at that season of the year.
• After their baptism the two brothers
  devoted themselves to burying the martyrs
  slain daily.
• They were arrested and when they
  refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods,
  were executed with the sword.
             Martyrdom
• Cecilia continued to make conversions,
  and prepared to have her home preserved
  as a church at her death.
• Cecilia was arrested, and condemned to
  be suffocated in the baths. She was shut
  in for a night and a day. The fires were
  heaped up, and made to glow and roar
  their utmost, but Cecilia did not even break
  out into perspiration through the heat.
• She was then ordered beheaded, but the
  executioner, after striking three times
  without severing St Cecilia's head, ran
  away, leaving her badly wounded.
• Crowds came to her, collecting her blood
  while she preached to them or prayed.
• She lived for three days and died only
  after receiving the sacrament of Holy
  Communion.
• She was buried by the Pope and his
  deacons.
                  Burial
• Exact date of death unknown.
• Cecilia’s remains were exhumed in 1599,
  and said to be incorrupt.
• She had three fingers outstretched on one
  hand and on the other just one finger,
  denoting her belief in the trinity.
• The skull of Saint Cecilia is kept as a relic
  in the cathedral of Torcello.
      Patroness of Music
• St. Cecilia's following flourished during the
  Middle Ages in Europe, and continued to
  be a popular topic for the arts well into the
  18th century.
• In 1584 she was named patroness of the
  academy of music founded in Rome.
• Her feast day, November 22, is celebrated
  in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern
  Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Churches.
• The name Cecilia means blind and so,
  although we don't know if she herself
  couldn't see, she is also the Catholic
  patron saint of the blind.
• The Saint Cecilia medal, typically features
  her at the organ, the traditional instrument
  of the Catholic Church, sometimes with
  angelic hosts gathered around her.
• The diocese of Omaha, Nebraska claims
  her as their patron saint.
• St. Cecilia societies still flourish around the
  world, often sponsoring musical events
  and contests.
          Prayer to St. Cecilia
St. Cecilia, glorious Virgin and Martyr of Jesus Christ, I admire the
courage with which you professed your faith in the face of severe
persecution, and the generous love with which you offered your life in
witness to your belief in the Blessed Trinity. I thank God with you for the
wonderful graces He had bestowed upon you to make your life holy and
pleasing to Him even in the midst of the wealth that was yours. I thank
Him for the privilege offered to you of receiving the glorious crown of
martyrdom. Saint Cecilia, I also admire the purity of love that bound you
to the Savior, which was greater in your eyes than any human affection,
so that you declared yourself before the enemies of the Church, "I am the
bride of my Lord Jesus Christ". Pray for me that in imitation of you I may
keep my body pure and my soul holy, and that I may love Jesus with all
my heart. In these times so full of pleasure seeking and so lacking in faith,
teach us to profess our faith courageously and to be willing to sacrifice
ourselves in practicing it, so that our good example may lead others
closer to Christ and the Church He as founded. In thanksgiving to God
for the graces he bestowed on St Cecilia: Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.
St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
             References

• http://www.saintcecilia.us/index.htm

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Cecilia

• http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?sa
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