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St. Cecilia was born in Rome to a wealthy family. Her family, hoping to keep their standing in society, arranged a marriage for Cecilia that would benefit both families. She was engaged to Valerian, but Cecilia was not much interested in getting married. Instead, she pledged her virginity to God and prayed, fasted, and performed other penances in dedication to the saints and angels, asking them to help her guard her virginity.
Cecilia was married nonetheless, and during her wedding ceremony, it is said that she sang out in her heart to God, praying for His intercession. It is because of this moment in her life that Cecilia is forever connected to musicians and singers. Before the consummation of her marriage, Cecilia told her husband that she had taken a vow of virginity and that she had an angel protecting her. He asked to see the angel as proof, and Cecilia told him that he would only see the angel once he traveled to the third milestone on the Appian Way and was baptized by Pope Urbanus.
Valerian followed his new wife’s instructions and when he returned to her, he did in fact see the angel protecting Cecilia. He watched as the angel crowned Cecilia with a crown of flowers, and when his brother heard about Valerian’s experiences, he too was baptized, and the brothers spent the rest of their lives burying the saints who were murdered by the prefect of the city. Cecilia also spent her time working for God and it is said she was able to convert over 400 people through her preaching.
Cecilia was eventually discovered by the prefect of the city and was condemned to suffocate in the baths. When she did not die of suffocation, an executioner was sent to decapitate her. He struck her three times but was unable to kill her. He left her there bleeding, and she survived for three days, all the while, preaching to those who came to see her.
Cecilia’s body was exhumed in 1599 and was found to be incorrupt and is actually considered the first of all incorrupt saints.
St. Cecilia is depicted in gold-embroidered dress, often with an organ or organ-pipes in her hand. She is also associated with the flute, violin, harp, harpsichord, singing, a songbird, and roses.
St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians.
- Feast Day: November 22