Contemplation on Saint Cecilia

If music was a light, it would sound brighter in the dark. Like the glow around the moon, it would fade to illuminate the stars.

If music was composed of rays, it would lift the mist from the world, until its brilliance played across the skies not silenced by the clouds.

If music was a mirror, it would reflect each soul that listened.

If music was eternity, it would be heard beyond all breathing, accompanied by the heartstrings of the angels, never to be broken.

If music was silence, it would be for our ears to hear nothing but its calling us to paradise.

Copyright 2012 by DM Denton

Copyright 2012 by DM Denton

The martyred Saint Cecilia (2nd Century) is the patron saint of music, musicians, and poetry.

It is told that as she was dying she sang to God. It is also written that as the musicians played at her wedding she “sang in her heart to the Lord”. Her feast day is celebrated  … November 22.

(Since I first published I have removed the details of Saint Cecilia’s death, as I realized they were taking away from my original intention of this post … to be about light and hope, not darkness or suffering.)

If you wish to read more about Saint Cecilia please check out her listing on Wikipedia.

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14 thoughts on “Contemplation on Saint Cecilia

  1. Music is like a mirror, and there is so much of it that feels like a reflection of my soul when I listen to it. Lovely drawing – I will have to go learn some more about St. Cecilia now. Thanks for introducing her to me.


    • Hi, Ina. Thank you so much. Yes, a little gruesome. I actually just went and removed the details of her death from the actual post (I felt it was putting some readers off and detracting from my intention of the post. I left the link to Wikipedia, if anyone wants to read more).

      Diane ♥


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