Oil Dedicated to St Cecilia (Patron for Musicians)
St Cecilia (Patron for Musicians) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
In the fourth century a Greek religious romance was written on the Loves of Cecilia and Valerian. It was written in glorification of virginal life. The purpose was for taking the place of then-popular sensual romances.
Consequently, we must conclude that Oil dedicated to St Cecelia was not known or venerated in Rome. It was Pope Gelasius (496) who introduced her name into his Sacramentary.
It said that there a church dedicated to St. Cecilia in Rome in the fifth century, in which Pope Symmachus held a council in 500.
The story of St. Cecilia is not without beauty or merit. She said to have been quite close to God and prayed often:
St Cecelia’s story
In the city of Rome there a virgin named Cecilia, who came from an extremely rich family. She given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. Cecelia wore sackcloth next to her skin. She fasted, and invoked the saints, angels, and virgins, beseeching them to guard her virginity
During her wedding ceremony she said to have sung in her heart to God. Before the consummation of her nuptials, she told her husband she had taken a vow of virginity. Also that she had an angel protecting her. Valerian asked to see the angel as proof, and Cecilia told him he would have eyes to see once he traveled to the third milestone on the Via Appia (Appian Way) and baptized by Pope Urbanus.
Following his baptism, Valerian returned to his wife and found an angel at her side. The angel then crowned Cecilia with a chaplet of rose and lily and when Valerian’s brother, Tibertius, heard of the angel and his brother’s baptism, he also baptized and together the brothers dedicated their lives to burying the saints who murdered each day by the prefect of the city, Turcius Almachius.