Saint Cecilia of Rome

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Saint Cecilia of Rome
Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians and Church music. She became the saint of music because as she was dying, she sang to God. It is written that as the musicians played at her wedding she “sang in her heart to the Lord.” St. Cecilia was an only child. Her feast day is celebrated on November 22nd. She was believed to be a lady of Rome who, with her husband Valerian, his brother Tiburtius, and a Roman soldier Maximus, suffered martyrdom in about 230 C.E., under the Emperor Alexander Severus. Before she died, Cecilia arranged to have her home preserved as a church. They attempted to execute her three times, but did not succeed until Cecilia had received Holy Communion. She survived another three days before succumbing to death. 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 heaven. When her incorruptible body was found long after her death, it was found that on one hand she had two fingers outstretched and on the other hand just one finger, denoting her belief in the Holy Trinity. I chose Saint Cecilia as my saint because I am in love with music, and I believe that it is Gods purpose for me to spread his word through my talent in singing and playing the piano. I also find her story fascinating. The fact that she could not be killed until she had had Holy Communion is incredible, and shows God’s work. Her strong belief in the Holy Trinity and her faith in music also made her stand out to me as the saint I would choose for my confirmation.
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