Always well represented in art, since the Renaissanceshe is typically represented with the organ or other musical instrument as her attribute.
See Article History Alternative Title: Cecilia, Cecilia also spelled Cecily, flourished 3rd century, Rome [Italy]; feast day November 22patron saint of music, one of the most famous Roman martyrs of the early church and historically one of the most discussed.
According to a late 5th-century legendshe was a noble Roman who, as a child, had vowed her virginity to God. When she was married against her will to the future saint Valerian, then a pagan, she told him that an angel of God wished her to remain a virgin.
He promised to respect this wish if he were allowed to see the angel.
She replied that he would if he were baptized. On his return from baptism he found Cecilia talking to the angel.
She then converted his brother Tiburtius, who also saw the angel. Both men were martyred before she was. She distributed her possessions to the poor, which enraged the prefect Almachius, who ordered her to be burned. When the flames did not harm her, she was beheaded.
The Martyrdom of St. CeciliaThe Martyrdom of St. Cecilia, oil on canvas by Carlo Saraceni, c. Photograph by Beesnest McClain.
At the beginning of the 9th century, Pope Paschal I discovered her incorrupt relics in the catacomb of St. Praetextatus and had them moved to Rome, to a basilica in Trastevere that now bears her name.
She became the patron saint of musicians and music; in art she is often represented playing the organ.
Learn More in these related Britannica articles:St. Cecilia: Saint Cecilia, one of the most famous virgin martyrs of the early church and the patron saint of music. St. Cecilia's remains were transferred to Cecilia's titular church in Trastevere and placed under the high altar.
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It was a Monday /5(). November Although there is little historical evidence concerning the life of Saint Cecilia, she is one of the famous martyrs of the Church in Rome.
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