Do you like Music? Can you play an instrument? When I was at school we all had to have a go at learning the recorder, but I am afraid that I never got any further then playing ‘three blind mice’.
All your little sisters play an instrument, some play the guitar, some play a flute or recorder or piano and one sister even plays a little harp. Music is a wonderful thing, it can lift your heart to God, make your spirit fly and fill you with joy.
St Cecilia is the patron saint of music and her feast day is the 22nd November. She is an early Roman martyr who lived just a few hundred years after Jesus did. Imagine that, that means she lived about 1800 years ago. It’s hard to imagine someone from 20 years ago liking the same things as we do now, But St Cecilia from hundreds of years ago has something in common with us, she loved Jesus and she loved music.
St Cecilia was a young girl in Rome, which at that time was not a Christian city. Cecilia loved Jesus very much and when the people found out that she was a Christian they told her to renounce her faith. “Say, in front of the whole city, that you don’t believe in Jesus, and we will spare your life.”
But St Cecilia couldn’t do that “I won’t, I won’t I won’t, I love Jesus with all my heart, He is more real to me than anything else on earth and the most important thing in the whole world. You can take my life, but you cannot take me from Him and His love. They were so mad with her for saying all this that they killed her then and there. It is said that as she left this world for heaven she could hear the heavenly choirs singing and playing music.
The angels and saints welcomed her into heaven with beautiful music because she had given witness to Jesus, that is, she told others what Jesus meant to her. Have you ever wondered what sort of music they might play in heaven? Will they be playing ‘if you’re happy and you know it’? Or maybe Bach or Beethoven? Who knows, we will have to wait and see. I think the reason why music can have such an effect on us, that is -making us feel so happy, is that music (which we all love) is one of the things we have in common with those in heaven.
I play the guitar. Each Monday morning Sr Yolanda Bakhita and I play music as the rest of the sisters sing along joyfully. We have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament ( that is, Jesus in the little white round Host). We enthrone Jesus on a pillar in the middle of our choir and surround Him with candles, and we form a circle around Him and sing to Him, showing Him our love by worshipping Him with our music, like they do in heaven.We join with the saints and all the angels of heaven singing God’s praises. It’s pretty cool to think that when we sing to Jesus we are united with heaven and all the thousands of millions of people who throughout the thousands of years of history have sung His praises and who will sing His praises in the future. We are all one big choir singing aloud with one voice “Jesus we love you, you are our King, we worship and adore you now and always.”
Maybe you could join us, today, right now wherever you are and sing your praises to God. Tell Jesus of your love through music and join the choir, tell Him of your heart today, and be like St Cecilia, a witness to Jesus.
See you next week and remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka