Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins,
who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom
and the bride.
And five of them were foolish, and five wise. But the five
foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them:
But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps. And the
bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh,
go ye forth to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and
trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: Give
us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. The wise answered,
saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go
ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Now whilst
they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready,
went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord,
open to us. But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know
you not. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor
Matthew 25: 1-13
Be ye filled with the holy Spirit,
Speaking to yourselves in psalms,
and hymns, and spiritual canticles,
singing and making melody in
your hearts to the Lord;
Giving thanks always for all things,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to God and the Father.
Ephesians 5: 18b, 19, 20
Saint Cecilia, heroic martyr, you stayed faithful to Jesus,
your divine bridegroom. Give us faith to rise above our
persecutors and to see in them the image of our Lord.
You were a musician and sang to the Lord in your heart on
your wedding day, when you heard the organ playing. Your
music was the outpouring of a heart filled with love for God.
Pray for us that we make music in our hearts to God and manifest
our love for Him in our daily deeds.
Inspire musicians to gladden the hearts of people by filling
the air with God’s gift of music. Remind us also of the Divine
Musician Who created all beauty. Amen
Prayer to Saint Cecilia
Saint Cecilia, glorious Virgin and Martyr of Jesus Christ,
I admire the courage with which you professed your faith in
the face of severe persecution, and the generous love with
which you offered your life in witness to your belief in
the Blessed Trinity. I thank God with you for the wonderful
graces He had bestowed upon you to make your life holy and
pleasing to Him even in the midst of the wealth that was yours.
I thank Him for the privilege offered to you of receiving the
glorious crown of martyrdom.
Saint Cecilia, I also admire the purity of love that bound you
to the Savior, which was greater in your eyes than any human
affection, so that you declared yourself before the enemies of
the Church, "I am the bride of my Lord Jesus Christ." Pray for
me that in imitation of you I may keep my body pure and my soul
holy, and that I may love Jesus with all my heart.
In these times so full of pleasure seeking and so lacking in faith,
teach us to profess our faith courageously and to be willing to
sacrifice ourselves in practicing it, so that our good example
may lead others closer to Christ and to the Church He has founded.
In thanksgiving to God for the graces he bestowed on St Cecilia:
pray an Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be. Saint Cecilia pray for us.Amen
In the sculpture, Saint Cecilia extends three
fingers with her right hand and one with her left,
testifiying to the Holy Trinity, three persons in one God.
The sculptor, Stefano Maderno, attested that this was how
her incorrupt body looked when her tomb was opened in 1599.
"Behold the body of the most holy virgin Cecilia, whom I
myself saw lying incorrupt in her tomb. I have in this marble
expressed for thee the same Saint in the very same posture of body."
Saint Cecilia at the Organ
by Carlo Dolci; 1671; Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany;
The Crowning of Saint Cecilia
by Sebastiano Conca, ceiling fresco, main nave, Basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome;
November 22 - Saint Cecilia - Lily of Shining Wisdom and Purity of Love - Patron saint of musicians, Church music and the blind
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