Catholic Saints

Saint Cecilia

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Cecilia
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Cecilia
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Cecilia
  • What is Saint Cecilia the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Cecilia is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Cecilia

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Cecilia
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Music and Musicians
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: November 22nd
  • Date of Death: Saint Cecilia died (Martyred) in A.D. 280
  • Cause of Death: Stabbed to death

Who or what is Saint Cecilia the patron saint of?
Saint Cecilia is the patron of Music and Musicians. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer to St. Cecilia - Patron Saint of Musicians

The Story and History of Saint Cecilia
The story and history of Saint Cecilia. Cecilia was a rich and noble patrician in Roman society but she converted to Christianity. Cecilia vowed to remain a virgin in the service of God but her parents forced her into marriage with Valerian of Trastevere. On her wedding day, she played the organ and persuaded her husband to be baptized. He 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 was martyred. Cecilia buried her husband and his brother for which she was arrested. She was then suffocated and when this failed to kill her she was she was stabbed in the neck and left to bleed to death.

Death of Saint Cecilia
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Cecilia died in A.D. 280. Cause of Death: Stabbed to death. 

How Saint Cecilia is represented in Christian Art and Why is Saint Cecilia the patron of Music and Musicians?
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Cecilia in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated.  As the patroness of music and musicians, Saint Cecilia is always represented in Christian Art playing some musical instrument. The earlier examples however, show her lying on her right side with a veil drawn closely around her head and a wound in her neck, exactly in the same posture as that in which her body was discovered, after it had been pointed out in a dream to Pope Paschal in the ninth century. As the legend tells us, she was wounded in the neck and left to bleed to death.

Feast Day of Saint Cecilia
The Feast Day of Saint Cecilia is November 22nd. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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