Contemplation on Saint Cecilia – Feast Day: November 22nd

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

I am reposting my prose-poem below in honor of Saint Cecilia’s Feast Day, which is today, November 22nd.  I won’t share any gruesome story about her death and matrydom, just 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” … and that she listened to the voices of angels.

I give thanks for all the arts, including music and poetry.

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

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

donatellasmallest©Artwork and writing, unless otherwise indicated, are the property of Diane M Denton. Please request permission to reproduce or post elsewhere with a link back to bardessdmdenton. Thank you.

3 thoughts on “Contemplation on Saint Cecilia – Feast Day: November 22nd

  1. Diane this prose poem is simply beautiful, and the painting as exquisite as always.

    I think my dad was singing God when he died!

    I will have a look at the info you have provided on St Cecelia. Ive always loved the name. Paul Simon sang a song about someone called Cecilia 😊

    Love and hugs ❤ xx


  2. Perfect! We are just about to head out to the Early Music concert; couldn’t be a better day for it, eh! Collegium is singing, but R’s grad assistant is conducting their piece, so Richard will get to sit with me and just listen, for a change. Should be lovely. for now, though, I’m listening in my head to Britten’s ‘Hymn to St Cecilia’. 😀 Pretty, pretty post, my dear Diane!


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