Cecilia lived in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D. A young girl of noble
origin, she was betrothed to a noble Roman, Valerius. She converted him
to Christianity and persuaded both him and his brother to be baptized.
She then refused to undergo pagan rituals and was sentenced to death. She
managed to survive the first torture, then the torturers tried to behead
her, but only managed to mutilate her and she lasted for 3 days before
Since the 16th century Cecilia has been known as the patron of musicians. In fine art she is often depicted with a musical instrument.
Feast day: 22 November.
The Book of Saints: The Lives of the Saints According to the Liturgical Calendar by George Angelini, Victor Hoagland (Editor). Regina Press, Malhame & Company, 1986.
365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives by Woodeene Koenig-Brick (Author). Harper SanFrancisco, 1995.
Mourning into Joy: Music, Raphael, and Saint Cecilia by Thomas Connolly. Yale Univ Pr, 1995.