This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.
"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1
Cecilia of Rome
Cecilia of Rome [Latin: Caecilia] was a woman of noble birth who lived in the mid-second century A.D. Her husband was a Senator named Valerian, and they were both devout pagans, as was common. In the midst of the night, Cecilia was visited by an Angel who told her to be baptized and become a Christian. After telling her husband, he demanded to see the Angel for himself and Cecilia told him to come with her along the Via Appia outside the gates of Rome. There, they encountered the Angel together and both agreed to be baptized. They both devoted their lives to the Christian Faith, and their home was used by the local Christian community as a Church. Eventually, they were both discovered to be Christians and were beheaded at the order of Emperor Alexander Severus.