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Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Church music. Her feast St. Ceciliaday, celebrated both in the Catholic and Orthodox Church, is November 22. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. It was long supposed that she was a noble lady of Rome who, with her husband Valerian(us), his brother Tiburtius, and other friends whom she had converted, suffered martyrdom, C. 230, under the emperor Alexander Severus.

The martyrdom of Cecilia is said to have followed that of her husband and brother by the prefect Turcius Almachius. The officers of the prefect then sought to have Cecilia killed as well. She arranged to have her home preserved as a church before she was arrested. At that time, the officials attempted to kill her by locking her in an overheated bathhouse. However, the attempt failed, and she was to be beheaded. The executioner attempted to decapitate her three times unsuccessfully, at which time he fled. Cecilia survived another three days before succumbing.


O God, who does make us glad with the annual feast of blessed Cecilia, your virgin and martyr, grant that, as we venerate her in our liturgy, we may also follow her example in Godly living, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia, by Stefano Maderno
Church of Santa Cecilia, Trastevere, Rome, Itlay

Celebration of the Eucharist

Saturday Vigil Masses:
4:00 & 6:30 P.M.
Sunday Masses:
7:00, 9:45 and 11:15 A.M.
Weekday Masses:
Mon-Sat 6:30 A.M.

Holy Day Masses:
4:00 P.M. (Vigil)
6:30 A.M. and 5:30 P.M.
Daily Rosary: 
Mon-Fri 3:00 P.M

Confessions: 
Fridays 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Saturdays 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Stations of the Cross:
During Lent - Fri. at 3:30 PM

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Our Patron: Saint Cecilia

 


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