Patroness of Musicians
Cecilia was a woman who lived in Rome and married a young pagan man named Valerian. They were married and during the ceremony she heard heavenly music in her heart. Once they were married she revealed a secret to Valerian. After he promised not to tell anyone she told him “there is an angel who watches me, and wards off from me any who would touch me.” His response was, “Dearest, if this be true, show me the angel.” Her one request before she showed him the angel was for him to be believe in one God and be baptized. Valerian agreed and upon arrival to Cecelia he found her in her chamber and an angel by her with flaming wings, holding two crown of roses and lilies which were not in season. The angel placed the crowns on top of their heads and then disappeared.
Both Cecilia and Valerian went and preached the word of God. Cecilia converted four-hundred people who were also baptized by Pope S. Urban. Eventually she was arrested and condemned to be put to death by being boiled alive. She was in the bath for a day in a half with fires surrounding her and she did not even break out into a sweat. When word got back to Almachius, he sent and executioner to behead her. With three attempts of trying to behead her, she still prevailed. By law the executioner was not allowed a fourth strike. Cecila laid there for three more days still preaching the word of God and converting people until her untimely death. In 1599 the church of S. Cecilia was built.
Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians because it when the musicians played at her wedding she “sang her heart to the Lord”.
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