About Saint Cecelia
In addition to being the patron
of Church music,
Saint Cecelia is one of the most famous Roman martyrs of
the early church.
According to legend, Cecelia was a Christian of high rank
betrothed to a Roman named Valarian.
Through her influence, Valerian was
converted and martyred along with his brother. Cecelia's martyrdom
Since the time of the Renaissance, Saint Cecelia has usually
been portrayed with a viola or a small organ.
As one writer put it, "Like
any good Christian, Cecelia sang in her heart and sometimes with her voice.
She has become a symbol of the Church's conviction that good music is
integral part of the liturgy, of greater value to the church than any other