St Cecilia of Rome
St Cecilia was a noble lady of Rome. She was martyred, together with her husband, her brother and a Roman soldier, for her Christian beliefs and practices.
St Cecilia was a talented musician and vocalist, it is often said that on her wedding day she, “Sang in her heart to Our Lord Jesus”.
There are many romantic stories about St Cecilia and modern day musicians have compiled numerous songs in her name. Legend holds that having been struck by a sword at her martyrdom, she remained alive for a further three days. Her Feast Day is celebrated worldwide and is associated with festivals and musical celebrations including many liturgies.
In 1599, St Cecilia’s body was discovered to be incorrupt. She is the Patron Saint of musicians. Her Feast Day is the 22nd November.
St Cecilia of Rome:
O Glorious Saint, who chose to die
Instead of denying your King.
We pray you please to help us
As His fair praise, we sing!
We lift our hearts in joyous song
To honour Him this way,
And while we sing, remembering,
To sing is to double pray. (Extract from prayer to St Cecilia)
Glory be to the…