Patroness of Musicians
“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
worship the Lord with cries of gladness;
come before him with joyful song.”
Today is the feast of Saint Cecilia an early Church martyr whose oldest historical account in the “Martyrologium Hieronymianum” shows her feast celebrated from the fourth century. This martyr who tradition holds sang for three days after being fatally wounded in a botched execution is the patroness of musicians and Church music.
Cecilia has inspired poetry and choral arrangements throughout the ages. In 1739 George Frideric Handel using a poem by John Dryden composed, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day. Inspired by Cecilia’s life, Dryden wrote, “From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began,” recalling the theory that music was a central force in Earth’s creation.
Saint Cecilia Pray for Us
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