of Solomon 2:10-13
Preface of a Saint (3)
[Common of a Martyr]
[Of the Holy Cross]
[For Artists and Writers]
PRAYER (traditional language)
Gracious God, whose servant Cecilia didst serve thee in song: Grant us to join her hymn of praise to thee in the face of all adversity, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language)
Gracious God, whose servant Cecilia served you in song: Grant us to join her hymn of praise to you in the face of all adversity, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This commemoration appears in Lesser Feasts & Fasts 2018 for trial use and is combined there with Agnes. See Agnes for the current collects
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Last updated: 26 Sept. 2020
MARTYR AT ROME, c. 280
Saint Cecilia (Latin: Sancta Caecilia) is the patron saint of musicians
and Church music because as she was dying she sang to God. It was
long supposed that she was a noble lady of Rome who, with her husband
Valerian, his brother Tiburtius, and a Roman soldier Maximus, suffered
martyrdom, c. 230, under the Emperor Alexander Severus.
St. Cecilia, by Guido Reni
The research of Giovanni Battista de Rossi, however, appears to confirm
the statement of Venantius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers (d. 600), that
she perished in Sicily under Emperor Marcus Aurelius between 176 and 180.
The martyrdom of Cecilia is said to have followed that of her husband
and his brother by the prefect Turcius Almachius. The officers of the
prefect then sought to have Cecilia killed as well. At that time,
the officials attempted to kill her by boiling her alive. However, the
attempt failed, and she was to be beheaded. The executioner attempted
to decapitate her three times unsuccessfully, at which time he fled. Cecilia
survived another three days before succumbing. In the last three days
of her life, she opened her eyes, gazed at her family and friends who
crowded around her cell, closed them, and never opened them again. The
people by her cell knew immediately that she was to become a saint in
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