INSPIRING NOVENA TO SAINT CECILIA & (VIRGINMARTYR), PATRON SAINT OF MUSIC AND MUSICIANS: DAY 7

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O God, come to my aid+
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

—Pause for an “Examination of Conscience”—

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
(strike breast) through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Vega Sicilia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Music painting, 19th century paintings, Art musicDaily Prayer to St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia, I confide in your intercession because you generously offered your life as a sacrifice for the love of Jesus, to whom you were devoted with your whole heart and soul. Jesus will not refuse your prayers. Beg Jesus to grant me this favour: [Mention your need(s) here…] For the sake of Jesus Christ, who filled your heart with pure and heroic love, who crowned you with the glorious crown of martyrdom, who permitted your body to remain incorrupt through these many centuries, and who willed that your memory be praised by the Church at every Holy Day Mass, I earnestly ask you to intercede for me. I resign myself entirely to the Holy Will of God. Help me to imitate your faith and love of God, that I may be ready to make any sacrifice for my Catholic faith. Through your prayers may I someday reach heaven and praise with you the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the loving Spouse of your soul and mine. Amen.

Short Meditation
(Life of Saint Cecilia)

Story of Saint Saint: Saint Cecilia of Rome - YouTube

Day 7

(LEGACY IN MUSIC: Patroness of Musicians)

Saint Cecilia is honoured as the patron saint of music and she is a symbol of the central role of music in liturgy. It is said that she heard heavenly music when she was married.

Many music festivals and concerts are held around the world in Saint Cecilia’s honour. The first record of a music festival in her honour was held at Évreux in Normandy in 1570, and her feast day is well known to be an occasion for concerts and music festivals.

Aside from festivals, many music-related places and things show reverence to Saint Cecilia. For example, one of the oldest musical institutions in the world, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, is named after her – it was founded by the papal bull, Ratione congruit, issued by Sixtus V in 1585, which invoked two saints prominent in Western musical history: Gregory the Great, after whom Gregorian chant is named, and Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. The word “Cecyliada” which refers to the festival of sacred, choral and contemporary music held in Police, Poland, is derived from her name. The famous luthier Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume also named a line of violin and viola St. Cecile.

Her feast day became an occasion for musical concerts and festivals that occasioned well-known poems by John Dryden and Alexander Pope and music by Henry Purcell (Ode to St. Cecilia); several oratorios by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (In honorem Caeciliae, Valeriani et Tiburtij canticum; and several versions of Caecilia virgo et martyr to libretti probably written by Philippe Goibaut); George Frideric Handel (Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day; Alexander’s Feast); Charles Gounod (St. Cecilia Mass); as well as Benjamin Britten, who was born on her feast day (Hymn to St Cecilia, based on a poem by W. H. Auden). Herbert Howells’ A Hymn to Saint Cecilia has words by Ursula Vaughan Williams; Gerald Finzi’s “For Saint Cecilia”, Op. 30, was set to verses written by Edmund Blunden; Michael Hurd’s 1966 composition “A Hymn to Saint Cecilia” sets John Dryden’s poem; and Frederik Magle’s Cantata to Saint Cecilia is based on the history of Cecilia. The Heavenly Life, a poem from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (which Gustav Mahler used in his Symphony No. 4) mentions that “Cecilia and all her relations make excellent court musicians.”

Pause and reflect for a moment…

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

St. Cecilia Decal – Devout DecalsDAY 7 PRAYER

Our Father…3 Hail Marys…Glory be…

LITANY OF ST. CECILIA

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us. (repeat after each line)
St. Cecilia,
St. Cecilia, wise virgin,
St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love,
St. Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity,
St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom,
St. Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church,
St. Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side,
St. Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins,
St. Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus,
St. Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ,
St. Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments,
St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted,
St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invokes you,
St. Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles,
St. Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us.

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defence and faith of Jesus Christ!

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

God glorified St. Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray: O Eternal God, who gave us in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress and patron of music, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, wherein concert with her, we may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity. Amen.

Rome: Church of Saint Cecilia in Trastevere - The Catholic Travel Guide

St. Cecilia, we ask for your intercession because you generously offered your life for the love of Jesus, who you were devoted to with your heart and soul. Graciously hear our prayers! Amen.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us!

(If possible, kindly accompany this novena with the Holy Rosary at any hour of the day, either 5 or 10 or 15 or 20 decades…)

May the Divine assistance remain always with us, and may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Blessing+
Through the intercession of Saint Cecilia (Virgin & Martyr), may the Lord bless + us, keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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Shalom!

Compiled by Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceição, Paulo Ramos, Maranhão, Brazil
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Nneka Casmira
Nneka Casmira
2 years ago

St Cecilia help us to sing to God from the depth of our hearts Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defence and faith of Jesus Christ! Amen

Uchesobola
Uchesobola
1 year ago

Very insightful story about St. Cecilia. Fr. thank you for this opportunity.
May St Cecilia continue to intercede for you and for us all. Amen

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
6 months ago

Like I said earlier, her story in very inspiring. This will certainly increase ones love for “good music”.

St. Cecilia, virgin and martyr, pray for us

Gloria Olebunne
Gloria Olebunne
6 months ago

St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invokes you, pray for us Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
6 months ago

St. Cecelia pray for a chaste life for us.

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
6 months ago

St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love, pray for us

Tee Terver Norbert
Tee Terver Norbert
6 months ago

St Cecilia Prày for us now and always,so that we will love God and serve Him immeasurably. Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
6 months ago

St, Cecilia, protectress of those who invoke you. Pray for us. AMEN.

Ezeugwu Eucharia #G63 Done
Ezeugwu Eucharia #G63 Done
6 months ago

#G63 St Cecilia, pray for us.

Hwange Francisca
Hwange Francisca
6 months ago

St. Cecilia wise virgin. Pray for us

Lady Uche Nwosu
Lady Uche Nwosu
6 months ago

St Cecilia who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side, pray for us that our guardian angel never leave our side ljn Amen . Happy Sunday to you all ❤️

Umenwanne Perpetua
Umenwanne Perpetua
6 months ago

St Cecilia, protectress and patron Pray for us and protect us

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
6 months ago

Amen

Philomena
Philomena
6 months ago

St. Cecilia, powerful protectress and patron of music, help us sing to the glory of God. For those in the world of music today, do inspire them to use their talents for the glory of God and for the sanctification of souls.
St Cecilia, pray for us. Amen.

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
6 months ago

St. Cecilia intercede for us and our country Nigeria.

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
6 months ago

St Cecilia pray for us Amen

Mrs. Olachi Peters
Mrs. Olachi Peters
6 months ago

May the goodness and mercy of God follow us all the days of our lives and may our patron saint Cecilia intercede for us through Christ our Lord Amen.

Pteremathew
Pteremathew
6 months ago

Amen

Uba Susanna Chiebone
Uba Susanna Chiebone
6 months ago

St Cecilia, Virgin And Martyr, I salute you and your melodious voice and humility which you employed to convert many for many including organs. Pls intercede for the Unity Singer to imitate you humility , love and understanding, I pray thee St Cecilia.

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
6 months ago

St. Cecilia, we ask for your intercession because you generously offered your life for the love of Jesus, who you were devoted to with your heart and soul. Graciously hear our prayers! Amen.

Justina Akende
Justina Akende
6 months ago

St Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ, pray for us.Amen

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
6 months ago

St. Cecilia, we ask for your intercession because you generously offered your life for the love of Jesus, who you were devoted to with your heart and soul. Graciously hear our prayers Amen

christiana
christiana
6 months ago

St Cecilia pray for us.. Amen

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
6 months ago

St Cecilia, pray for us. Amen

Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
6 months ago

St Cecilia, pray for us Amen

Chris Onyegbule
Chris Onyegbule
6 months ago

May Saint Cecilia Virgin and Martyr intercede for me to God and may the good Lord bless and answer my prayers through Christ Our Lord Amen and Amen.

Ifeoma Ugiomoh
Ifeoma Ugiomoh
6 months ago

Saint Cecilia pray for us and our loved ones Amen

Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
6 months ago

St Cecilia,
Pray for us.

EuniceOReur verenyol
EuniceOReur verenyol
6 months ago

St Cecilia intercede for us.

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
6 months ago

St Cecilia pray for us

Malagu Cynthia ifeoma
Malagu Cynthia ifeoma
6 months ago

St Cicilia pray for David

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
6 months ago

St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, Pray for us Amen

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
6 months ago

St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martydom, intercede for me a God fearing hubby in Jesus name, Amen

Blessing Thompson #821
Blessing Thompson #821
6 months ago

Amen

Chinwe Ann
Chinwe Ann
6 months ago

St Cecelia I earnestly ask you to intercede for me.

Benedicta Wiggle
Benedicta Wiggle
6 months ago

Help us Lord , to love you more. Amen

Amaka anachusi
Amaka anachusi
6 months ago

Help us o heavenly singer that we may use our talent for the glory of God, pray for us dear st Cecilia Amen

Bamigboye Margaret
Bamigboye Margaret
6 months ago

Saint Cecilia help us in all that we do

Thelma
Thelma
6 months ago

St. Cecilia – Virgim & Martyr
Pray for us

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
6 months ago

St cecilia.pray for us.

Magdalene Omono
Magdalene Omono
6 months ago

AMEN!

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
6 months ago

St Cecelia, virgin and martyr, teach me to love Jesus the way you did

uju chukwuma
uju chukwuma
6 months ago

Divine grace I seek of you oh Lord… through the intercession of st Cecilia…May I receive my plea…Amen

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
6 months ago

St. Cecilia Virgin and Martyr, I trust in your powerful intercession, please pray for us who invoke your aid. Amen!

Lucy Eze
Lucy Eze
6 months ago

St Cecelia pray for us

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
6 months ago

Saint Cecilia Virgin and Martyr
Pray for us

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
6 months ago

Through the intercession of St Cecilia virgin and martyr may God bless and protect us Amen

Nancy
Nancy
6 months ago

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

MARYPRECIOUS
MARYPRECIOUS
6 months ago

St. Cecilia…
Pray for us

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