Novenas

The St. Cecilia Novena

Saint Cecilia is one of the most famous early Roman Martyrs. She took a vow of virginity, but was still forced by her parents to marry a pagan nobleman named Valerian. Throughout there wedding, St. Cecilia stood off to the …

Saint Cecilia is one of the most famous early Roman Martyrs. She took a vow of virginity, but was still forced by her parents to marry a pagan nobleman named Valerian. Throughout there wedding, St. Cecilia stood off to the side and sang to God and the Holy Spirit in her heart. She told her husband, Valerian, that an angel was watching over her and that she promised her virginity to God.

Valerian responded by saying if he could see the angel he would respect her promise of virginity to God. After he was baptized, he saw the angel. And he and his brother became devout Christians.

St. Cecilia was martyred shortly after her husband. She was struck with a sword three times on the neck and she lived for three more days before passing away.

About the St. Cecilia Novena

Novena Begins: November 13

Feast Day: November 22

Patron Saint: Hymns; great musicians; luthiers; poets; Albi, France; Archdiocese of Omaha; Mar del Plata, Argentina; Pipe organs; Music; Purity

Birth: 214

Death: 240

Day 1 – St. Cecilia Novena

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, wise virgin, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke you, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us.

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

God glorified St. Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray, O Eternal God, who gave us in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity.

In particular, we ask her intercession for this intention [Mention Intention]

Amen.

Day 2 – St. Cecilia Novena

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, wise virgin, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke you, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us.

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

God glorified St. Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray, O Eternal God, who gave us in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity.

In particular, we ask her intercession for this intention [Mention Intention]

Amen.

Day 3 – St. Cecilia Novena

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, wise virgin, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke you, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us.

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

God glorified St. Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray, O Eternal God, who gave us in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity.

In particular, we ask her intercession for this intention [Mention Intention]

Amen.

Day 4 – St. Cecilia Novena

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, wise virgin, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke you, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us.

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

God glorified St. Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray, O Eternal God, who gave us in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity.

In particular, we ask her intercession for this intention [Mention Intention]

Amen.

Day 5 – St. Cecilia Novena

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, wise virgin, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke you, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us.

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

God glorified St. Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray, O Eternal God, who gave us in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity.

In particular, we ask her intercession for this intention [Mention Intention]

Amen.

Day 6 – St. Cecilia Novena

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, wise virgin, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke you, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us.

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

God glorified St. Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray, O Eternal God, who gave us in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity.

In particular, we ask her intercession for this intention [Mention Intention]

Amen.

Day 7 – St. Cecilia Novena

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, wise virgin, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke you, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us.

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

God glorified St. Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray, O Eternal God, who gave us in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity.

In particular, we ask her intercession for this intention [Mention Intention]

Amen.

Day 8 – St. Cecilia Novena

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, wise virgin, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke you, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us.

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

God glorified St. Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray, O Eternal God, who gave us in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity.

In particular, we ask her intercession for this intention [Mention Intention]

Amen.

Day 9 – St. Cecilia Novena

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, wise virgin, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke you, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles, Pray for us.
St. Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us.

We salute you, O Virgin, who gave your blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

God glorified St. Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues.

Let us pray, O Eternal God, who gave us in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity.

In particular, we ask her intercession for this intention [Mention Intention]

Amen.

Alternative Novena to Saint Cecilia

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 Intention]

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.

Saint Cecilia Patron Saint of Music

Saint Cecilia Hymn

Let the deep organ swell the lay
In honor of this festive day.
Let the harmonious choirs proclaim
Cecilia’s ever blessed name.
Let the harmonious choirs proclaim
Cecilia’s ever blessed name.

Cecilia with a two-fold crown,
Adorned in heaven we pray look down,
Upon thy fervent children here
And harken to their humble prayer.
Let the harmonious choirs proclaim
Cecilia’s ever blessed name.

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