Patron of Music
St. Cecelia, the patron of musicians, often glorified in the fine arts and in poetry, is one of the most venerated martyrs of Christian antiquity. As a young noble Roman maiden who lived in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D. she was betrothed to a noble Roman, Valerius, who she converted to Christianity. At her wedding she sang only to God while the musicians played. Because of her faith, she refused to undergo pagan rituals and was sentenced to death yet managed to miraculously survive much of the torture. She converted many others to Christianity before her death. When the Academy of Music was founded at Rome (1584), she was made patroness of the Institute, and today Cecelian societies
(musical associations) exist everywhere. In fine art she is often depicted with a musical instrument.
The Sanctus Collection features two St. Cecelia medals, a Byzantine rendering and an Art Deco image picturing Cecelia with her harp and honoring the creativity in all of us.
Dear Saint Cecelia, one thing we know for certain about you is that you is that you became a heroic martyr in fidelity to your divine Bridegroom. We do not know that you were a musician but 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.