It is written that Cecilia dedicated herself to virginity, but instead was forced by her parents into marriage. Let us sing a new song not with our lips but with our lives…Sing to him a new song, sing to him with joyful melody. It is prayerful and it is powerful. Just Listen: Big decisions require big listening. St. Cecilia - Feast Day - November 22 St. Cecilia was born in the second century and was martyred in the third. Britannica Explores. She is regarded as the patroness of music and is often depicted at an organ or carrying organ-pipes in her hand. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. St Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ). To sing, or sing with another, is to elevate the soul, to connect with the Divine.” (from a previous blog post, Music as Prayer ♫ This Journey Is My Own). St. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music, because she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married, and is represented in art with an organ or organ-pipes in her hand. While she may not have been very musically talented, Cecilia now resides in heaven where she joins the saints and angels “singing a new hymn before the throne” of God (Revelation 14:3). Cecilia lived in Rome about 200 years after Christ. The first record of a music festival in her honor was held at Évreux in Normandy in 1570. I love to sing (in the privacy of my own car). St. Cecilia, Patron of Music—November 22 Saint of the Day, Follow Being Benedictine on WordPress.com, Sanctuary (Not-Just-For-Advent) Online Retreat, St. Benedict Center ~ Christ the King Priory. Retreat Leader at St. Benedict Center, Blogger at Being Benedictine and SoulFully You, Much of St. Cecilia’s life is steeped in legend, which is why it is difficult to discern between fact and fiction. All he had to do, she said, was be baptised and he would be able to see. Miguel Pro served his people during c... 7 Advent traditions that are easy to do at ho... What’s the secret of this couple’s 64 years o... © Copyright Aleteia SAS all rights reserved. Memorializing St. Cecilia is remembering that music is a pathway to connect to the Divine, a way to seek comfort, to praise and to pray. Change ). The feast of St. Cecilia is November 22. Officials exhumed her body in 1599 and found her to be incorrupt, the first of all incurrupt saints. ( Log Out /  Support Aleteia with as little as $1. St. Cecilia is a Roman martyr and the patron of music and musicians. Singing in God’s Presence #3: In place of the disability to express ourselves, to sing, The Holy Rule of St. Benedict: A Spiritual Path for Today’s World with Fr. As musicians played at her wedding, Cecilia “sang in her heart to the Lord”. Every one of us tries to discover how to sing to God…Do not search for words, as if you could find a lyric which would give God pleasure. One is silver, the other is gold. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B., PhD. ( Log Out /  Thank you! Best known for “singing in her heart for the Lord” during her wedding day, St. Cecilia is invoked as the patron saint of music, musicians, composers, singers, and makers of musical instruments. Legend has it that the 3rd-century Roman noblewoman Cecilia vowed her virginity to an angel of God, and when she was married against her will, her husband promised to uphold her wish only if he saw the angel himself. St. Cecilia was memorialized in the church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, founded in the 3rd century after Cecilia was martyred. When I visited Rome during the World Oblate Congress, we made an unscheduled stop at St. Cecilia’s in the Trastevere region. November 22 is the feast of St. Cecilia, patron Saint of musicians. St. Cecilia is the patron saint of: the blind, bodily purity, composers, music and musicians, musical instrument makers, poets, and singers. 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month, Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian, Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages, Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media, Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos, We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc. As musicians played at her wedding, Cecilia “sang in her heart to the Lord”. What is known is that Cecilia likely lived in Rome during the 2nd or 3rd century and was martyred for her Christian faith. Teacher, Mother, Wife, Friend, Lover of learning, reading, creativity and spirituality. http://www.saintsinrome.com/2013/08/st-cecilia.html, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cecilia_in_Trastevere, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Cecilia, http://www.sacred-destinations.com/italy/rome-santa-cecilia. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. In 1599, Cecilia’s body was found in incorrupt with deep cuts in her neck just as she had died.