Saint of the Week: Cecilia

Third Century

FEAST November 22

Cecilia was honored as a martyr from about 545. According to a written legend, “The Passion of St. Cecily,” she was a Roman Christian of the patrician class betrothed to the pagan Valerian. But she told him she had made a vow of virginity, and persuaded him to convert. His brother, Tiburtius, also became a Christian; the brothers were martyred. When Cecily refused to perform an idolatrous act, she too was martyred. She is the patron of musicians; the Cecily “Passion” has her singing to God “in her heart” on her wedding day.

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