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«« Don’t Dominate Me, Saint Cecilia

68 x 50, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2009        $2,200.00

Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Church music because as she was dying she sang to God.  She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass.

It was long supposed that she was a noble lady of Rome who, with her husband Valerian and his brother Tiburtius, suffered martyrdom, in Sicily under Emperor Marcus Aurelius between 176 and 180.

The martyrdom o f Cecilia is said to have followed that of her husband and his brother.  Cecilia arranged to have her home preserved as a church before she was arrested by the officers  of the local prefect.  At the time of her arrest officials attempted to kill her by boiling her alive.  However, the attempt failed, and she was to be beheaded.  The executioner swung at her neck three times.  Realizing the divine intervention that was slowing his blade, the executioner fled.  Cecilia survived another three days before succumbing.  On the last day of her life, she opened her eyes, gazed at her family and friends who had crowded around her, closed them, and never opened them again.