Saint Cecilia

The collect for today, the Feast of Saint Cecilia (3rd century), Virgin, Martyr (source):

O GOD, which makest us glad with the yearly festival of blessed Cecilia thy Virgin and Martyr: grant, we beseech thee; that as we do venerate her in our outward office, so we may follow the example of her godly conversation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord who livest and reignest with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 51:9-12
The Gospel: St Matthew 25:1-13

Maderno, Martyrdom of St Cecilia

Artwork: Stefano Maderno, The Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia, 1601. Marble, Saint Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome.

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