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Saint Cecilia

Patron Saint of Musicians

CECILIA

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Virgin and Martyr (d. second century)

Her life

+ Cecilia was born in Rome and, despite a vow of virginity she made as a young woman, her parents arranged a marriage to a pagan nobleman named Valerian.

+ Inspired by his wife’s example, Valerian became a Christian and he chose to respect Cecilia’s vow of virginity.

+ Sometime between the year 161 and 192, Valerian and his brother, Tiburtius, were martyred for their faith. Cecilia, herself, suffered martyrdom only a few days later.

+ Saint Cecilia was buried in the catacomb of San Callisto but her relics were later moved to the Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastavere.

+ Honored as the patron of musicians and singers, Saint Cecilia remains one of the Church’s most popular saints and her name is included in the Roman Canon (the First Eucharistic Prayer).

For prayer and reflection

Praise the Lord with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song. Rid yourself of what is old and worn out, for you know a new song. A new person, a new covenant; a new song.”—Saint Augustine of Hippo

Vocations

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (Nashville, TN): www.nashvilledominican.org

Prayer

O God, who gladden us each year

with the feast day of your handmaid Saint Cecilia,

grant, we pray,

that what has been devoutly handed down concerning her

may offer us examples to imitate

and proclaim the wonders worked in his servants

by Christ your Son.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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