Saint Cecilia

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Saint Cecilia
Canonization Process: There are four steps the Church goes through to make someone a saint. Before a person can enter Sainthood, 5 years must past after their death. The first step: When the subject arises that someone wants to enter Sainthood, a bishop must initially investigate that person’s life. If that person is considered worthy to enter Sainthood, they earn the name a “Servant of God.” The second step: A Church official who directs the process and serves as an advocate must show that the candidate lived off of heroic qualities. This is accomplished through the collection documents and proof that are presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. When the candidate is confirmed, they earn the title of “Venerable.” The third step: One miracle through the candidate’s intercession in addition to recognition of heroic virtue is required to be recognized as “Blessed.” The fourth and final step: To be canonized, a second miracle through the intercession of the candidate needs to happen. If the second miracle occurs, the Pope declares the candidate a “Saint.”

The life of St. Cecilia:
Her exact birth date is unknown but it is said that she was born around the second or third century and died in 280 AD. She was a rich and noble aristocrat in Roman society but she converted to Christianity. Cecilia solemnly pledged to remain a virgin in the service of God, but at a young age she was forced into marriage by her parents to a pagan, Valerian of Trastevere. On her wedding day, she played the organ and persuaded her husband to be baptized. He then converted his brother to Christianity and they developed a ministry devoted to providing proper burials to martyred Christians. When the faith of the brothers was learned, they were martyred. After, St. Cecilia buried her husband and his brother for which she was arrested and then suffocated. When she wasn’t killed by this, she was stabbed in the neck and left to bleed to death. She’s the



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