November 22, 2023 

Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

Saint of the day

Saint Cecilia (2nd century)

Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians, singers, and poets. She lived in the second century and died a martyr. Although not much is known about her, a fifth-century legend holds that she had taken a vow of virginity, and refused to consummate her marriage or make sacrifices to the Roman gods. Because of her faith, the Romans condemned her to death during one of the persecutions of Christians. Her death was caused by attempts to suffocate and then behead her, although she survived for three days after these attempts. Her association with music comes from a line in her biography, which said that at her wedding, "Cecilia sang [in her heart] to the Lord, saying: may my heart remain unsullied, so that I be not confounded." She was chosen as the patron saint of the Academy of Music in Rome at its founding in 1584. Her feast day is November 22. (Taken from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.")


Saint Cecilia knew the prayerful power of song. Ask the Lord to help you have the bravery to "sing" his praises wherever you are.


I know there are many ways to praise you, God. Thank you for all of them, but especially for music. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 499

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

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Daily readings

Reading 1: 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 17:1Bcd, 5-6, 8B And 15

Alleluia: See Jn 15:16

Gospel: Lk 19:11-28

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