November 22 – Saint Cecilia: Patron Saint of Music

Saint Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music (Feast Date: Nov. 22)

Extract from St. Cecilia Third Century: The story of S. Cecilia is not without beauty and merit. There was in the city of Rome a virgin named Cecilia, who was given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. She wore sackcloth next to her skin, and fasted, and invoked the saints and angels and virgins, beseeching them to guard her virginity. And she said to her husband, “I will tell you a secret if you will swear not to reveal it to anyone.” And when he swore, she added, “There is an angel who watches me, and wards off from me any who would touch me.” He said, “Dearest, if this be true, show me the angel.” “That can only be if you will believe in one God, and be baptized.” She sent him to Pope S. Urban (223-230), who baptized him; and when he returned, he saw Cecilia praying in her chamber, and an angel by her with flaming wings, holding two crowns of roses and lilies, which he placed on their heads, and then vanished. Shortly after, Tibertius, the brother of Valerian, entered, and wondered at the fragrance and beauty of the flowers at that season of the year. When he heard the story of how they had obtained these crowns, he also consented to be baptized.”  See PICTURE of Saint Cecilia. See also:  Saint Cecilia (Multilingual), Patron Saints for GirlsThe Life of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr (EN), 22 de NoviembreSanta Cecilia MártirAño 177 (SP),  Santa Cecilia Vergine e martire 22 novembre (IT), Sainte Cécile de Rome (FR), Św. Cecylia z Rzymu.  PRAYER to St. Cecilia.

Saint Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music (Feast Date: Nov. 22)

Extract from  St. Cecilia:  “It is believed that St. Cecilia was born in the 2nd or 3d century A.D., although the dates of her birth and martyrdom are unknown. A religious romance telling the love story of Saint Cecilia and Valerian appeared in Greece during the 4th century A.D., she is purported to have been the daughter of a wealthy Roman family, a Christian from birth, who was promised in marriage to a pagan named Valerian. Cecilia, however, had vowed her virginity to God, and wore sackcloth, fasted and prayed in hopes of keeping this promise. Saint Cecilia disclosed her wishes to her husband on their wedding night. She told Valerian that an angel watched over her to guard her purity. He wanted to see the angel, so St. Cecilia sent him to Pope Urban (223-230). Accounts of how and when Valerian saw the angel vary, but one states that he was baptized by the Pope, and, upon his return to Saint Cecilia, they were both given heavenly crowns by an angel. . . .”  See picture of Saint Cecilia. See also:  St. Cecilia (En)Cecilia de Roma (Sp). .Santa Cecilia (It),Cécile de Rome (Fr) Cecylia, dziewica i męczennica (Po).  See videos:  Saint Cecilia Nov 22, Benjamin Britten – Hymn to St. Cecilia, To Saint Cecilia: Purcell, Handel, Haydn / Marc Minkowski, and Saint Cecilia. See also:  Prayers to St. Cecilia and Prayers of Love.

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 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Cecilia on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Stage Collapse at Pukkelpop Music Festival in Belgium (August 19, 2011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 29 – September 11, 2011.

Deaths and Injuries at Love Parade Musical Festival in Duisberg, Germany (July 24, 2010) (Europe)  See World Mission Rosary Intentions – August 2-15, 2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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