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ST CECILIA: WHILE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WERE PLAYING, SHE SANG TO THE LORD

ST CECILIA: WHILE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WERE PLAYING, SHE SANG TO THE LORD

While the musical instruments were playing, the Virgin Cecilia sang in her heart to the Lord alone, saying: * “Lord, let my heart and my body be undefiled, that I be not ashamed.” She fasted and prayed for two days and three days together, and committed to the Lord the cause of her fear.

ST CECILIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – FEAST DAY: NOVEMBER 22 (PATRON SAINT OF MUSICIANS)

Cecilia, a Roman maiden born of a noble family, at an early age vowed her virginity to God. But when she was married against her will to Valerian, she persuaded him to respect her virginity and to go to Pope Urban to receive Baptism so that he would be worthy to see her guardian angel.

After Valerian had obtained this favour, he converted his brother Tiburtius to Christ, and they both shortly afterwards suffered martyrdom under the Prefect Almachius. Moreover, Cecilia was arrested by the same Almachius and, because she had distributed their property to the poor, ordered her to be put to death in a hot bath.

But when the heat had no effect on her, she was struck three blows with an axe and left half dead, and after three days she obtained her palm of martyrdom. She was buried in the cemetery of Callistus. Her body, and those of Popes Urban and Lucius, and of Valerian and Maximus were brought back to the city of Pope Paschal I and were buried in the church consecrated in the name of St Cecilia.

St Cecilia, pray for us.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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HELP US TO SING – PRAYER TO ST CECILIA

O glorious St Cecilia, who chose to die instead of denying your King, we pray you please to help us as His fair praise we sing. We lift our hearts in joyous song to honour Him this way.

And while we sing, remembering, to sing is to doubly pray. At once in our hearts and in our tongues we offer double prayer sent heavenward on winged notes to praise God dwelling there.

While in our hearts and tongues we try with song to praise God twice, we ask, dear saint, to help us be united close to Christ! Amen.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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PRAYER TO ST CECILIA FOR MUSICIANS

Dear St Cecilia, heroic martyr who stayed faithful to Jesus your divine bridegroom, intercede for us for faith to raise above our persecutors and to see in them the image of our Lord.

We know that you were a musician and we are told that you heard angels sing. Inspire musicians to gladden the hearts of people by filling the air with God’s gift of music and reminding them of the Divine Musician who created all beauty. Amen.

 
 

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PRAYER TO ST CECILIA

ST CECILIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR; MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 22

St Cecilia is a martyr of the second or third century. She is thought to have converted her husband and his brother to Christianity, and they were martyred before her. She is the patron saint of musicians.

PRAYER:

Lord of mercy,
be close to those who call upon you.
With Saint Cecilia to help us
hear and answer our prayers.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 
 

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