Nov. 22: ST. CECILIA, Virgin and Martyr.

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November 22: Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr [Memorial]

St. Cecilia is the patroness of musicians because, as she was dying, she sang to God. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. It was long supposed that she was a noble lady of Rome who, with her husband, his brother, and a Roman soldier suffered martyrdom in 230, but recent studies placed her death under Marcus Aurelius between 176 and 180. When her incorruptible body was found long after her death, one hand outstretched three fingers and the other one, denoting her belief in the Holy Trinity.

A commentary of St Augustine on Psalm 32
Sing to God in jubilation

Praise the Lord with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song. Rid yourself of what is old and…

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