St Cecilia

(c. 176)

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(2nd or 3rd cent.),

Roman martyr. According to her (apocryphal) acts, she converted both her husband and brother before dying for the Christian faith. Under Paschal I (817–24), her relics were moved from the catacombs to the church which bears her name in Trastevere in Rome; here her body is said to have been found uncorrupted when the church was repaired in 1599. She is the patroness of Church music. Feast day, 22 Nov.

Subjects: Music — Christianity.

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