• 22 Nov 20

Nov 22 - “St. Cecilia” © artwork by Brenda Nippert. Happy Feast Day St. Cecilia!

Born in Rome, Cecilia was an early Christian of extreme courage.  When her rich family arranged a marriage for her, she “sang only to God in her heart” during the wedding.  That night, she explained to her husband, Valerian, that she belonged to God and couldn't be his.  Her plea was so sincere that Valerian was converted and Cecilia's guardian angel appeared and crowned them both with white roses.  Valerian’s brother, Tiburtius, also converted and the brothers were martyred for their new faith.  Cecilia was arrested for burying their bodies, yet she converted those sent to force her to worship false gods.  She even survived her execution – twice!  She outlasted her sentenced suffocation in her own vapor bath, and the executioner sent to behead her only mortally wounded her, so she laid bleeding on the bath floor for 3 days.  Before she finally died, she positioned her hands to symbolize her faith in the Holy Trinity.