Day XV. Wednesday, Week II
"The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, who
will condemn him to death. They will turn him over to the Gentiles, to be
made sport of and flogged and crucified. But on the third day he will be
raised up" (Gospel for today - Mt 20:18-19).
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. Through prayers and good example, Saint
Cecilia converted her husband, St. Valerian, and her brother-in-law, St.
Tiburtius, to Christianity. As a result, all three were condemned to death
(230). They tried unsuccessfully to suffocate St. Cecilia in her own bath
by steaming her alive. Witnesses heard her singing songs to God throughout
the ordeal (that is why she is the patron saint of music). They then tried
behead her. By Roman law, the executioner only had three attempts to
severe the head.
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