By Reilly Donovan
-Died: The third century
-Feastday: The 22nd of November
-Born into a wealthy family.
-Her family made her marry Valerian.
-She is pictured as being beautiful, often with flowers or instruments.
Patron Saint of Music
The Angel That Protected Cecilia's Virginity
-Told her fiance about the angle protecting her virginity.
-Valerian asked to see the angel as proof.
-He would see once he went to the third milestone of the Appian Way and was baptized.
-Valerian came back and saw the angel.
-Valerian's brother was also baptized.
-They then dedicated themselves to burying murdered saints.
Cecilia's Achievements and Actions
- She prayed with people.
- Patron Saint of Music.
- First incorrupt Saint.
- Preached to people.
- Converted more than 400 people.
Cecilia Becoming a Martyr
-Charged to be put to death by way of suffocation in the baths.
-Stayed in baths for a day and a night.
-Didn't sweat one drop as flames burned around her.
-Then sentenced to be decapitated.
-The executioner swung three times but could not kill her.
-She was left there bleeding for three days.
-Prayed and preached as people came to see her.
-People collected her blood.
-After three days, Saint Cecilia died.
Excavation of Saint Cecilia's Grave
-Saint Cecilia was found incorrupt (never having decomposed.)
-First Saint to be found incorrupt.
-A "mysterious and delightful flower-like odor which proceeded from the coffin" was apparent.
-She was wearing a dress with gold beading and a silk veil.
-Saint Cecilia was then moved to a church named after her.