Thursday, November 23, 2006

St Cæcilia

Yesterday was St Cæcilia's day. She is the patroness of music and musicians so I shouldn't have missed her altogether. The old Catholic Encyclopædia discusses her here. Fr Zuhlsdorf provides some beautiful pictures of her basilica in the Trastevere section of Rome here.

Dom Guéranger's "Life of St Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr" was Englished perhaps a hundred years ago (my copy isn't dated; I'm guessing from the style) and would repay a read if you can locate a copy. It contains her life as recorded in the old chronicles (Dom Guéranger is not a skeptic like the author of the Encyclopædia essay), a history of her tomb and her shrine, the progress of devotion to her, and much else.


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