Saturday, 22 November 2008

Saint Cecilia, patroness of musicians

Our man in Rome sends us these pictures, taken today at the church of St Cecilia in Trastevere. A church dedicated to Cecilia has existed on this site since the fifth century. She is one of the early Roman martyrs, and patron saint of musicians.

Inside the church the shrine is decorated for her feast, with pilgrims visiting and praying there.

Music is extremely important in the life of the church, and especially in the life of cathedrals. More about Lancaster Cathedral's music provision can be found on the main website, click here. Meanwhile, today's feast is an occasion of particular rejoicing: this afternoon Rev. Andrew Dawson will be ordained priest in the Cathedral. There are also two priets being ordained today at Westminster Cathedral - all in all, a good day for the Church in England. Please keep them in your prayers. Ad multos annos!