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Cecilia, Saint
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(saint's day: Nov 22), virgin and martyr. The patroness of a Roman titular church, who gave it its name, was transformed by the legendary Passio (5th/6th cent.) into a 3rd-century patrician lady who took a vow of chastity prior to her wedding and convinced her husband Valerianus to do the same. Having donated her house in order to build a church, she suffered martyrdom by beheading during a persecution. The veneration of Cecilia probably began in the 5th century; the celebration of her feast is attested …

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Götz, Roland, “Cecilia, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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