November 21, 2011: St. Cecilia, Patron Saint of Musicians

~ by Mary Galvano-Bajohr

To sing is to pray twice, and no one knew this more than St. Cecilia. As a singer, she is an inspiration to look up to. She is the example of how we should use music to give praise to God.

She is, also, an example of how we all need to use the talents God has given to us, and not hide them.

Like any good Christian, Cecilia sang in her heart, and sometimes with her voice. She has become a symbol of the Church’s conviction that good music is an integral part of the liturgy, of greater value to the Church than any other art.

According to legend, Cecilia was a young Christian of high rank betrothed to a Roman named Valerian. Through her influence Valerian was converted, and was martyred along with his brother. The legend about Cecilia’s death says that after being struck three times on the neck with a sword, she lived for three days, and asked the pope to convert her home into a church. A fragmentary inscription of the late fourth century refers to a church named after her, and her feast was celebrated at least in 545. Since the time of the Renaissance she has usually been portrayed with a viola or a small organ.

On her feast day, November 22nd, let us remember and thank God for the life of St. Cecilia.

Prayer to St. Cecilia

O God, Who dost gladden us with the annual feast of blessed Cecilia, Thy virgin and martyr, grant that, as we venerate her in our liturgy, we may also follow her example in godly living.
Through our Lord.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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