To think of Cecilia simply as a sentimentality for musicians, we would fall short of why she is a saint. She is a saint because she honored her purity and safeguarded it from the hands of the enemy – to the point of having her throat sliced and yet singing the praises of God.
She is not only a patron for musicians, but to musicians, she is a point of reference that to serve God through our music demands sacrifice. In our ministry, God is worthy of our very best regardless if that is countless rehearsals, planning and organizing – our art is a gift from God and meant to be given back to God.
Our lives are held in tension like the strings on a piano. Held in absolute tension, Christ – the sole ‘musician’ can strike us and through us create music that calls people to faith. Dare we be instruments held in tension for the master to compose his symphony.
Happy Feast to all musicians!
With some special musicians. Photo by Eric Luis.