Blessed Memorial of St. Cecilia! St. Cecilia was a Roman Christian, a friend of…

Blessed Memorial of St. Cecilia!

St. Cecilia was a Roman Christian, a friend of Pope St. Urban I, and practiced great chastity. She wore sackcloth, fasted, and invoked the saints and angels to guard her virginity. St. Cecilia was forced to marry a pagan named Valerian. Although married, she maintained her vow of celibacy. She said to her husband, “I will tell you a secret if you will swear not to reveal it to anyone…There is an angel who watches me, and wards off from me any who would touch me.” He asked to see the angel but Cecilia would allow it only if he were baptized.

Cecilia sent him to Pope St. Urban who baptized him. When Valerian returned, he saw Cecilia praying in her chamber and an angel with flaming wings. The angel held two crowns of roses and lilies, which he placed on their heads and the angel disappeared. Compelled by their story, Tibertius, the brother of Valerian, also converted and was baptized. The two brothers soon devoted themselves to burying martyrs. They were arrested and brought before the prefect, refused pagan sacrifice, and were executed by the sword.

By her preaching, St. Cecilia had converted at least 400 persons whom Pope Urban soon baptized. She was eventually arrested and condemned to suffocation in hot baths. After days of torture, Cecilia did not even break out into perspiration through the heat. An executioner tried to decapitate her three times to no avail. She survived, though severely injured and bleeding. Crowds came to her and collected her blood with napkins and sponges while she preached to them and prayed. She died at the end of the three days and was buried by Pope Urban. St. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music because she heard heavenly music at her wedding. She is often portrayed in art with an organ or musical instrument in her hand. (Source: Lives of the Saints)

St. Cecilia, pray for us!

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Blessed Memorial of St. Cecilia!

St. Cecilia was a Roman Christian, a friend of Pope St. Urban I, and practiced great chastity. She wore sackcloth, fasted, and invoked the saints and angels to guard her virginity. St. Cecilia was forced to marry a pagan named Valerian. Although married, she maintained her vow of celibacy. She said to her husband, “I will tell you a secret if you will swear not to reveal it to anyone…There is an angel who watches me, and wards off from me any who would touch me.” He asked to see the angel but Cecilia would allow it only if he were baptized.

Cecilia sent him to Pope St. Urban who baptized him. When Valerian returned, he saw Cecilia praying in her chamber and an angel with flaming wings. The angel held two crowns of roses and lilies, which he placed on their heads and the angel disappeared. Compelled by their story, Tibertius, the brother of Valerian, also converted and was baptized. The two brothers soon devoted themselves to burying martyrs. They were arrested and brought before the prefect, refused pagan sacrifice, and were executed by the sword.

By her preaching, St. Cecilia had converted at least 400 persons whom Pope Urban soon baptized. She was eventually arrested and condemned to suffocation in hot baths. After days of torture, Cecilia did not even break out into perspiration through the heat. An executioner tried to decapitate her three times to no avail. She survived, though severely injured and bleeding. Crowds came to her and collected her blood with napkins and sponges while she preached to them and prayed. She died at the end of the three days and was buried by Pope Urban. St. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music because she heard heavenly music at her wedding. She is often portrayed in art with an organ or musical instrument in her hand. (Source: Lives of the Saints)

St. Cecilia, pray for us!

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