Nov. 22 Memorial of St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, Memorial

Entrance Antiphon:Blessed is the virgin who by denying herself and taking up her cross imitated the Lord, the spouse of virgins and prince of martyrs.Gospel Verse:This is the wise bridesmaid, whom the Lord found waiting; at his coming, she went in with him to the wedding feast.Communion Antiphon, Rev 7:17:The Lamb who is at the center of the throne will lead them to the springs of the waters of life.Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Cecilia, virgin and martyr (d. 3rd century). St. Cecilia is one of the most famous and most venerated of Roman martyrs. Her body was discovered in 822 and transferred to the title church that bears her name in Trastevere in Rome. It is difficult to determine the date at which she lived. The legend which recounts the Saint’s martyrdom and that of her husband St. Valerian, as also of St. Tiburtius, her brother-in-law, places her martyrdom in the pontificate of Urban I (222-230); but the authenticity of this account cannot be established, nor can we be sure of the persons who suffered with her nor of the date of her martyrdom.

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