Saint Cecilia Icon
Mounted print icon of Saint Cecilia, Patroness of Music.
Most people know Saint Cecilia because of her role as the patroness of music. And, this was also the reason behind the commissioning of this particular icon.
Cecilia was born into a noble Roman household around 180 AD. Like many other devoted women at that time, she took a vow of virginity. But her parents chose to marry her anyway to a man named Valerian. On her wedding night, she informed him that if he touched her, her guardian angel would protect her. He listened to her, asking to see this angel, but she told him that was only possible if he was a Christian. Choosing to convert through baptism, his eyes were opened. He saw the angel standing beside her. But, even more miraculously, they became joined in a mission of living for Christ.
During her life, she and her husband gave away everything they owned—helping the sick and the needy of the city. But, at that time, it was punishable by death to be a Christian. Regardless, Cecilia and her kin preached publicly and fearlessly. Their words led hundreds to be baptized. The consequences were that the local governor sent an executioner—first for her husband, then for his brother, and then for herself. But, Cecilia, even after the attack, survived and lived three days more. During those days she lay on her bed and sang. Because of this witness, crowds of people received Christ during those three days.
When she did die, her final breath was a single note. There’s something very beautiful about greeting death with a song. I’m not alone in thinking so—it’s because of this reference, that Cecilia is the patroness of musicians.
The Original Icon
This icon of Saint Cecilia is in the Conestoga style and created primarily out of that region’s local colours and materials. The original icon was commissioned by Stan Litch for the church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora, Ontario.
|Dimensions||25 × 20 × 2.5 cm|