Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Friday 24 September |
The Blessed Virgin Mary—Our Lady of Walsingham
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

How St. Cecilia was miraculously protected by her Guardian Angel


Public Domain

Philip Kosloski - published on 11/22/18

Her purity remained intact, due in large part to the vigilance of her Guardian Angel.

St. Cecilia is a legendary character of the early Church, which has led to her popularity over the centuries. Various accounts of her life relate extraordinary miracles, including the constant protection of her Guardian Angel.

A medieval text known as the Golden Legend gives a few details behind the miraculous intervention of her Guardian Angel, highlighting her purity and the desire of God to keep that purity unstained on this earth.

It is recorded that Cecilia made a private vow of chastity at a young age and felt called to keep that vow, even after her marriage to a man named Valerian. She said to him on their wedding night, “O sweetest and most loving young man, I have a secret to confess to you…I have a lover, an angel of God, who watches over my body with exceeding zeal. If my angel senses that you are touching me with lust in your heart, he will strike you and you will lose the flower of your gracious youth. If, on the other hand, he knows that you love me with sincere love, he will love you as he loves me, and will show you his glory.”

Valerian, a skeptical pagan, asked her to show him this angel, otherwise he would suspect Cecilia of adultery with another man.

Cecilia sent him to be baptized a Christian, and after being purified, he would be granted the vision of the Guardian Angel.

He was baptized and on returning to see Cecilia, Valerian saw the angel standing in her room.

The angel held two crowns of roses and lilies in his hand, one of which he gave to Cecilia and the other to Valerian, saying: “Guard these crowns with spotless hearts and clean bodies, because I have brought them to you from God’s heaven. They will never wither nor lose their sweet odor, nor can they be seen by anyone except those whom chastity pleases. And you, Valerian, since you have trusted good counsel, ask whatever you wish and you will have it!”

Valerian asked that his brother be united with them in the Christian faith and shortly thereafter, he was baptized.

Whatever the veracity of the stories, it highlights the extraordinary purity that St. Cecilia was able to maintain, and her radiant holiness drew those around her to faith in Jesus Christ.

Cecilia remains a powerful intercessor for all those who struggle with chastity.


Read more:
Here is St. Faustina’s description of her Guardian Angel


Read more:
How a Guardian Angel helped St. Veronica Giuliani with her chores

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cecilia Pigg
7 Ways the saints can help you sleep better at night
Philip Kosloski
An alternative Hail Mary to Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of La Salette
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady of La Salette can give us hope in darkness
Philip Kosloski
Pray this Psalm when you successfully recover from an illness
Philip Kosloski
Why J.R.R. Tolkien loved to attend daily Mass
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
Aid to the Church in Need
What happens when a million children pray the Rosary?
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.