The Feast of Saint Cecilia

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The Feast of Saint Cecilia

"All their neighbors aided them with silver vessels,
with gold, with goods,with animals,
and with valuable gifts."
(Ezra 1:6)

Very little is known of Saint Cecilia. It is thought that she was martyred for her faith. She is the patron saint of musicians and is usually pictured with some kind of musical instrument. Music is a valuable gift in our lives. Even more than the gold or goods used by the priest Ezra to rebuild the Temple, it has the power to uplift and comfort, and to inspire. If you have musical ability, use it to enrich your friends and family, people in a nursing home, or your choir. There is also a saying, Whoever sings, prays twice. So whatever your singing ability may be, sing at Mass . . . remember, you are praying twice!

Thank you, God, for the birds that sing to us and for all people who lift our hearts with their music.

>To go deeper: Pray Psalm 150, Part 2, near Psalm 150 in The Catholic Youth Bible.

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Published October 1, 2004.