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Saint of the Week article on St. Cecilia from 11/22/14
A Saint is often an ordinary person who has lived an extraordinary life of virtue and faith. As Catholics we should use these exemplars to inspire us in our daily lives.
Saint Cecilia - Third Century
There are many different meanings to the name Cecilia. In The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer, five are given. Each recognizes a quality of Saint Cecilia. Perhaps the most noted are the way for the blind or the lily of heaven. The way for the blind represents her great wisdom and the lily of heaven refers to the purity of her life. Not much is known about the life of this early Saint and Martyr but it is said that she was of noble birth. Before she suffered Martyrdom, she made arrangements that her house would become a church. She was arrested under the persecution of the Emperor Alexander Severus. She was martyred with Valerian, her husband; his brother Tiburtius and Maximus a Roman soldier. The first attempt to kill her failed and she was then stabbed 3 times. She still survived this attack for another three days. During this time she praised God in song which led to her association with liturgical music. Her remains are kept in the Cathedral of Torcello. She is the patron saint of Musicians and Composers
Her feast day is November 22 nd.