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Heroine of the Early Church
Family, the Lord has given the Church many heroes and heroines down through the centuries, and each person He gives us is for a special cause for that age, not only for that age however for all age. The age of St. Cecilia is a perfect example of that. The Church suffered greatly during that century, however the Lord, knowing we needed Him to be at our sides to assure that He could keep His promise that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church. We have a saying which you may have glance at in any one of our books:
In times of Crisis, God sends us special grace. This grace may come from Eucharistic Miracles, Apparitions by Our Lady, and Saints and other Powerful Men and Women in the Church. It may come in the form of Angelic intercession. It will come from anywhere the Lord deems necessary. There is only one body of which we can be assured; it will come. He will employ whatever or whoever it takes, whenever it is needed, to protect us from anything or anyone, who would bring us anywhere near the brink of hell. Very often, much if it method protecting us from ourselves. In the centuries following the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus, there was a fantastic deal of fervent zeal for our Church and all things related to God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, in small the Trinity. However, the ability of each Person of the Trinity was manifested in every instance where a zealot for the Faith called upon that Person, exceptionally the Holy Spirit, and was rewarded with signal grace and courage to stand up for, and die for their like for and belief in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A very charismatic figure for that age, and for our age as well is St. Cecilia, a gorgeous minor of Jesus, physically as well as spiritually, who was not only willing to give up her lifetime for her beliefs in our Faith, however by her glowing example, encouraged others to do the same, in this instance, her husband Valerian and his brother Tibertius. However we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Let us commence with the birth and early lifetime of this powerful woman of the Church.
Cecilia was born of a noble Roman family, all of whom had embraced Our Lord Jesus and our Church. She was gorgeous outside as well as inside, all through her lifetime. She was a perfect example of a fine Christian girl, and was a tremendous influence on everyone she came in contact with. She had a fantastic like for Jesus, and vowed her virginity to Him. She questioned for protection from anyone or anything that would jeopardize her virginity. She has been called a “heavenly lily of modesty for her virginity.” She was given an Angel to watch over her and aid her in keeping her vow of virginity. She carried a copy of the Gospel in her bosom and prayed night and day.
She was very desirable as a wife, and when the Lord presented her with Valerian, a suitor who was acceptable to her, her family and our Lord Jesus, she prayed that he would know her vow of virginity. On their wedding night, after the festivities had finished, and she and her husband retired to their wedding chamber, she shared a secret with him. She said:
“O sweetest and most loving young male, I have a secret to confess to you, on condition that you swear to keep it a secret. ” He agreed with her. You have to know, he was deeply in like with her. We can’t reckon of anything she could have questioned him that he would have refused her. She shared that she had a lover, an Angel, who watched over her body, her virginity.
She said to Valerian, “If my Angel feels you are touching me with lust in your heart, he will strike you and you will lose the flower of your gracious youth. If however, he knows that you like me with sincere like, he will like you as he likes me, and will exhibit you his glory.”
Immediately Valerian truly loved her, and could accept that she was a virgin, and wanted to protect her virginity until the day she would wed. He really wanted to believe that she had an Angel to protect her virginity, however he demand to be certain that this was fair. He questioned to see the Angel. He said: “If I see that he is truly an Angel, I will do as you inquiry. However if I find that he is another male, and that you are in like with him, I will end you both with my sword.”
Cecilia instructed Valerian to go to the third milestone from the megalopolis on the Appian Path, and affirm to the poor human beings there, “Cecilia has sent me to have you exhibit me an ancient male named Urban, since I carry secret orders for him which I will pass on to him. When you see this Urban, and tell him all that I have told you, he will purify you and you will be able to see the Angel.”
Immediately, keep in intellect, this is their wedding night. How much did he have to like her to get up, leave the house, travel to the Appian Path by horse or carriage, and gaze for this male? He really did like her. He did what she questioned. He spoke to the poor human beings, who pointed him to the direction of the ancient male. He met Urban the bishop, who wept, and prayed over Valerian. Suddenly, an ancient male, dressed in a white garment, holding a gold textbook, appeared before them. Valerian fell to the ground, for dread of his lifetime. The ancient male picked him up, and had him glance at from the gold textbook. “One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, Who is above all and through all and in all of us.” The ancient male questioned him, “Do you believe, or do you still doubt?” Valerian responded, “There is nothing else under Heaven that could be more truly believed.” The ancient male disappeared; Urban baptized Valerian, and when he returned to his wedding chamber, he saw the Angel with Cecilia.
The Angel gave both of them crowns of roses and lilies, and told them to preserve this gift they had been given by the Lord.
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