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SAINT CECILIA

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Assembly Title
Saint Cecilia

Submitted by
S. Daly

Age Group
8-11

Aim
To learn about the life and death of Saint Cecilia
To appreciate music
To use our musical talents

Faith Group
Christian

Resources
Selection of musical instruments

Time of Year
On or close to November 22nd

Other Details
If there are some children with a musical talent in the class, they could perform towards the end of the assembly.

Script
1. Today is November 22nd . It is the feast day of Saint Cecilia. She is the patron saint of music.

2. She lived about 17 hundred years ago. There are many stories about her,
but we are not sure if they are all true.

3. Most people agree that she was a rich Roman lady, who was put to death, because she was a Christian. You were not allowed to be a Christian at that time. Other stories about Cecilia we are not so sure about.

4. Some people say she married a non-Christian called Valerian. Valerian and his brother Tiburtius then became Christians also. This was a dangerous thing to do.

5. Even more dangerous was the job which the two brothers decided to do.
They devoted their time to burying people who had been martyred because they were Christians. This was not allowed. Eventually, the two brothers were put to death as a punishment.

6. Cecilia buried the two brothers. She was then arrested and sentenced to death herself. She was to be suffocated in steam in her bathroom. This failed and a soldier was sent to behead her. Pope Urban dedicated Cecilia's house as a church.

7. In the Middle Ages, Cecilia became the patron saint of music. Again, this was because of a story. When music was played at her wedding Cecilia is said to have sung hymns to God in her heart. In paintings, Cecilia is shown with a lute, an organ or a harp.

8. Cecilia is now a symbol of the Church's belief that music is an important part of worshipping God. Music in the Church is as important as paintings, statues and candles. The Church says that when sacred action is celebrated with song, everyone should sing. The voices of the faithful should ring out.

9. This of course means that anyone who has a talent for singing or playing music should use that talent, or the talent will be wasted.

10. Lord, we thank you for the gifts you have given us. We thank you especially for the gift of music. May we continue to enjoy music, using it to bring joy to our world. Amen.

11. Lord, we pray that music will draw us closer to you, who gives us so many beautiful sounds. Amen.

12. Psalm 150 tells us to praise God with music. (Read Psalm 150.)

13. There is a saying, "When you sing, you pray twice." We will now sing "For all the Saints" by William How. (Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 176)




S. Daly 2000


Last updated 18-7-12.


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