by americancatholic.org | Source: americancatholic.org
Although Cecilia is one
of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, the familiar stories about her are apparently not founded
on authentic material. There is no trace of honor being paid her in early times. A fragmentary
inscription of the late fourth century refers to a church named after her, and her feast was
celebrated at least in 545.
According to legend, Cecilia was a young Christian of high rank betrothed to a Roman named
Valerian. Through her influence Valerian was converted, and was martyred along with his brother. The
legend about Cecilia´s death says that after being struck three times on the neck with a sword, she
lived for three days, and asked the pope to convert her home into a church.
Since the time of the
Renaissance she has usually been portrayed with a viola or a small
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