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)
Saint Cecilia,
Saint Cecilia, wise virgin,
Saint Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of Divine love,
Saint Cecilia, apostle by thy zeal and charity,
Saint Cecilia, who converted thy spouse and procured for him the crown of Martyrdom,
Saint Cecilia, who by thy pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church,
Saint Cecilia, who didst unceasingly see thy guardian Angel by thy side,
Saint Cecilia, who didst mingle thy voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins,
Saint Cecilia, who by thy melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus,
Saint Cecilia, illustrious Martyr of Jesus Christ,
Saint Cecilia, who during three days didst suffer most excruciating torments,
Saint Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted,
Saint Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke thee,
Saint Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles,
Saint Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students,

We salute thee, O Virgin, who didst give thy blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ.

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

God glorified Saint Cecilia,
   And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray.

O Eternal God, Who didst give us, in the person of Saint Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days, like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise Thee and bless Thee forevermore in eternity. Amen.

Saint Cecilia
Feast Day: November 22

St. Cecilia belonged to an illustrious Roman family. She became a Christian and dedicated her virginity to our Lord Jesus Christ. Her parents, however, insisted on espousing her to a young Roman noble gentleman called Valerian.

On the day of their marriage, Cecilia spoke frankly to her husband and told him that she had pledged her virginity to God and was defended by an Angel who would certainly punish him if he did not respect her pledge.

Valerian, who was a pagan, asked to see the Angel, and Cecilia replied that he could do so if he became a Christian. To this he consented and sought out Pope Urban, who was hidden in the catacombs, owing to the fierce persecution then raging against the Church.

The Holy Father received him kindly, instructed him and Baptized him.

On returning home, he at once saw the Angel, resplendent with beauty, who placed a crown on his head and another on that of Cecilia, saying:

"Be worthy to keep these precious crowns; I bring them to you from Heaven."

Valerian was filled with joy and told all that had happened to his brother Tiburcio, also a pagan. He too, desirous of seeing the Angel, received instruction and after Baptism had the same happiness and was enraptured by the sweetness and majesty of the blessed Spirit.

All three, later on, laid down their lives for the love of Christ, assisted by their holy Angels.



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