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CECILIA was a member of a noble family of Rome and a follower of Christ. Her parents forced her to marry a nobleman named Valerian.  Cecilia renewed her consecration to God. "Pure be my heart and undefiled my body; for I have a spouse you do not know, an angel of my Lord." She did this while the music playing at her wedding. This is why she is honored as a patron of music.

Cecilia converted her husband to the Faith of Christ. Because he helped Cecilia in her charity toward the poor, he was put to death. Cecilia refused to sacrifice to the gods. The judge condemned her to be smothered by steam. But God protected Cecilia. Then the judge ordered a soldier to kill her with the sword. He struck her three times, she fell down, badly wounded, and for three days she remained alive. She gave her property to the holy Bishop Urban for the use of the Church, and received the sacrament of Holy Communion before she died. This happened in 117.
Cecilia was buried in the catacombs. Her grave was discovered in 817, and her body was placed in the church of St. Cecilia in Rome. In 1599, when her tomb was opened her body was incorrupt.

O Lord, hear our requests. Through the intercession of Cecilia, please grant what we ask

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