Hymn to Saint Cecilia
On Friday, November 22, 1992, I was reborn and adopted by the Eternal Father through the blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit in Holy Baptism.
November 22 is also the Memorial of Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr. Happily, then, my whole life since that day has enjoyed the patronage and intercession of that glorious martyr who gave her life rather than sacrifice her virgin purity, which she had dedicated to Christ, to the vicious, pagan husband who was forced upon her by her relatives.
Ultimately, three blows from a Roman executioner's sword mortally wounded the beautiful saint, but she, sustained by the grace of almighty God, lived for three days, all the while praising the Lord in song. At last, when she expired, she was laid in the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus at Rome.
Long the patroness of music, because of her three days' praise, Saint Cecilia has been venerated by musicians for centuries. In my turn, I now offer this Hymn to that great lady whose favor I, too, have now enjoyed for more than two decades.