St. Cecilia (Born in 2nd Century A.D. Rome – Died about 230 A.D.)
Feast Day: November 22
Patron Saint of Musicians
St. Cecilia was a Roman martyr. She was betrothed to a Roman nobleman named Valerian; though she really wanted to remain a virgin. She was able to help convert her husband. Both Valerian and his brother, Tiburtius (who also converted) were martyred for their faith.
St. Cecilia, who is often depicted with a little organ or viola, is known as the patron saint of musicians. It is said that as the musicians were playing at her wedding feast she “sang in her heart to the Lord”.
Her martyrdom followed that of her husband & brother-in-law. Legend holds that she was struck on the neck three times with a sword, but did not die. She lingered three days before passing away. During that time, it is said that she told Pope Urban to make her home into a church. The Church of St. Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome is believed to have been built on the site of her house.