In the coming week (Friday, November 22) we will celebrate the memorial of St. Cecilia, virgin martyr, and patroness of church musicians. The story goes that she “sang in her heart to the Lord”. In fact, we know very few authentic historical facts about the life of this Roman lady. But, like other saints about whom we have little documentation (e.g., St. Nicholas, St. George), the stories that have come down to us about her give us some hint that there must have been something special about her that made her so popular.
So, I’d like to use this catechetical corner on the Sunday before St. Cecilia’s Day to ask you to join me in expressing our appreciation and gratitude to the men and women who make possible in this place our praise to God in music. The quality of ritual music here at Daylesford Abbey rivals and surpasses many Catholic churches whose financial resources are far greater than ours. By God’s grace we worship in a space created for song and we use it well. Singing is a physical act and singing together as one voice supports and fosters our being of one mind and heart on the way to God.
I invite and encourage you to approach any and all of our musicians and choir members to personally offer them your thanks.
Rev. Andrew D. Ciferni, O. Praem.