St. Cecilia Novena

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About St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia is the Patron Saint of Music and one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs.

Despite her vow of virginity, she was forced by her parents to marry a pagan nobleman named Valerian. During the wedding, Cecilia sat apart singing to God in her heart, and for that she was later declared the saint of musicians.

Cecilia told her husband that an angel was watching over her and that she had made a promise of virginity to God. He said he would respect her virginity if he could also see the angel. After being baptized he saw the angel and was converted to Christianity, his brother was also converted by the angel.

Her martyrdom followed that of her husband Valerian and his brother. Cecilia was struck three times on the neck with a sword; she lived for three days before dying.

Cecilia was buried and in 1599, her body was found still incorrupt many years later.

Her feast day is November 22.

Novena Prayers

Day 1 – St. Cecilia Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Eternal God, you gave us the gift of St. Cecilia, a powerful protector and patron of music. We strive to pass our days faithfully and innocently like holy St. Cecilia so that we may come to Heaven where we may praise You in concert with her.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

Saint Cecilia, who converted your spouse and attained for him the crown of martyrdom. Pray for us!

We praise you, O Virgin St. Cecilia, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ. We seek your prayers for… (Mention your intentions here…).

St. Cecilia, we ask for your intercession because you generously offered your life for the love of Jesus, who you were devoted to with your heart and soul. Graciously hear our prayers! Amen.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 2 – St. Cecilia Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Eternal God, you gave us the gift of St. Cecilia, a powerful protector and patron of music. We strive to pass our days faithfully and innocently like holy St. Cecilia so that we may come to Heaven where we may praise You in concert with her.

God the Father of Heaven,

Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

Have mercy on us.

St. Cecilia, your life and faith moved the hearts of pagans and brought them into the true Church. Pray for us!

We praise you, O Virgin St. Cecilia, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ. We seek your prayers for… (Mention your intentions here…).

St. Cecilia, Jesus filled your heart with pure and heroic love. He permitted your body to remain incorrupt through these many centuries and willed that your memory be praised by the Church at Holy Day Masses. We sincerely ask you to intercede for us. Amen.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 3 – St. Cecilia Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Eternal God, you gave us the gift of St. Cecilia, a powerful protector and patron of music. We strive to pass our days faithfully and innocently like holy St. Cecilia so that we may come to Heaven where we may praise You in concert with her.

God the Holy Spirit,

Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,

Have mercy on us.

St. Cecilia, you continuously saw your guardian angel by your side. Pray for us!

We praise you, O Virgin St. Cecilia, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ. We seek your prayers for… (Mention your intentions here…).

St. Cecilia, we surrender ourselves to God’s will. Help us to imitate your faith and love of God so we may be holy like you. Through your prayers may we reach heaven and praise the Sacred Heart of Jesus with you. Amen.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 4 – St. Cecilia Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Eternal God, you gave us the gift of St. Cecilia, a powerful protector and patron of music. We strive to pass our days faithfully and innocently like holy St. Cecilia so that we may come to Heaven where we may praise You in concert with her.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

St. Cecilia, you mingled your voice with the heavenly harmonies of angels. Pray for us!

We praise you, O Virgin St. Cecilia, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ. We seek your prayers for… (Mention your intentions here…).

St. Cecilia, holy Virgin and Martyr, We admire your courage when you professed your faith in the face of persecution and the love with which you offered your life in witness to your belief in the Blessed Trinity.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 5 – St. Cecilia Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Eternal God, you gave us the gift of St. Cecilia, a powerful protector and patron of music. We strive to pass our days faithfully and innocently like holy St. Cecilia so that we may come to Heaven where we may praise You in concert with her.

God the Father of heaven,

Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

Have mercy on us.

St. Cecilia, your melodious singing celebrated the praises of Jesus. Pray for us!

We praise you, O Virgin St. Cecilia, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ. We seek your prayers for… (Mention your intentions here…).

St. Cecilia, we thank God with you for the wonderful graces He bestowed upon you to make your life holy and pleasing to Him. We thank Him for giving you to us as a shining example of holiness.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 6 – St. Cecilia Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Eternal God, you gave us the gift of St. Cecilia, a powerful protector and patron of music. We strive to pass our days faithfully and innocently like holy St. Cecilia so that we may come to Heaven where we may praise You in concert with her.

God the Holy Spirit,

Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,

Have mercy on us.

St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted.

Pray for us!

We praise you, O Virgin St. Cecilia, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ. We seek your prayers for… (Mention your intentions here…).

St. Cecilia, we admire the purity of your love for Jesus, which was greater than any human affection, so that you announced before the enemies of the Church, “I am the bride of my Lord Jesus Christ”. Pray for us that we may keep our bodies pure and our souls holy, and that we may love Jesus with all our heart.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 7 – St. Cecilia Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Eternal God, you gave us the gift of St. Cecilia, a powerful protector and patron of music. We strive to pass our days faithfully and innocently like holy St. Cecilia so that we may come to Heaven where we may praise You in concert with her.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

St. Cecilia, protector of all who seek your aid.

Pray for us!

We praise you, O Virgin St. Cecilia, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ. We seek your prayers for… (Mention your intentions here…).

St. Cecilia, teach us to profess our faith courageously in these times so full of pleasure seeking and so lacking in faith. Help us to sacrifice ourselves in practicing our faith so that others may be lead closer to Christ and the Church through our example.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 8 – St. Cecilia Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Eternal God, you gave us the gift of St. Cecilia, a powerful protector and patron of music. We strive to pass our days faithfully and innocently like holy St. Cecilia so that we may come to Heaven where we may praise You in concert with her.

God the Father of heaven,

Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

Have mercy on us.

St. Cecilia, patron of holy music.

Pray for us!

We praise you, O Virgin St. Cecilia, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ. We seek your prayers for… (Mention your intentions here…).

St. Cecilia, you chose to die instead of denying Jesus, we pray that you help us as we sing His holy praises. We life our hearts in song to honor Him and while we sing, we remember to sing is to pray twice.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 9 – St. Cecilia Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Eternal God, you gave us the gift of St. Cecilia, a powerful protector and patron of music. We strive to pass our days faithfully and innocently like holy St. Cecilia so that we may come to Heaven where we may praise You in concert with her.

God the Holy Spirit,

Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,

Have mercy on us.

St. Cecilia, special patron of singers, musicians and authors.

Pray for us!

We praise you, O Virgin St. Cecilia, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ. We seek your prayers for… (Mention your intentions here…).

St. Cecilia, to sing is to pray twice, therefore, we sing praises from our hearts and our tongues as we offer double prayer sent to heaven to praise God. While we try with song to praise God twice, we ask you to help us be united closely to Jesus.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

St. Cecilia Patron of…

The intercession of St. Clare is called on especially in the following cases:

  • Church music
  • Great musicians
  • Poets
  • Singers
  • Authors

You can pray the St. Cecilia Novena for any reason that you want, so go ahead and start praying!

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