St Cecilia - 22 November

Music is one of the greatest joys in life. Whatever your taste there must be very few people who are not moved or uplifted by some tune or other. It would be a very sad world without music.

Our religious celebrations are no exception. Music lifts our prayers to new heights. In fact, St. Augustine says that ‘the one who sings prays twice’. So it is good that the celebration of Mass and the sacraments is accompanied by singing.

On Wednesday we celebrate the feast day of the Patron Saint of music, St. Cecilia. We know little concrete about her beyond the fact that she seems to have been a martyr in the early Church at Rome. But for centuries she has been depicted with musical instruments and celebrated as the musicians’ patron.

Music in church provides a very important function. It should augment the words and music of the Mass. On occasions it should joyful, on some occasions sober, and at Easter and Christmastide it should be exuberant.

Let us St Cecilia for her prayers so that our musical offerings will always be suitable and appropriate, of the best quality we can bring, and help raise our hearts and minds to God.