Aris Dervis 2005
Day November 22
of Music, Musicians and Composers
tells the story of St. Cecilia in the Canterbury Tales.
Roman Christian from birth, Cecilia was given in marriage to a noble pagan,
On their wedding night when Valerian attempted to consummate the marriage,
Cecilia told him she was betrothed to an angel who would be very angry
if Valerian compromised her virginity. Like any normal husband, Valerian
asked to see the angel. Cecilia told him he could only see the angel if
he were baptized. Valerian raced off to get baptized by no one less than
the Pope. Upon his return, Cecilia's angel-beau presented the two of them
with flowery crowns of roses and lilies.
Alas, the good times were short. Cecilia's martyrdom consisted of a botched
attempt to steam her to death, followed by an even more futile endeavor
to decapitate her. For three days she languished in her tub, distributing
alms to the poor and asking that her home be turned into a church.
Cecilia is credited with inventing the organ (her symbol, along with roses
and lilies). We created this image to celebrate the birthday of the wonderful
singer, Lynn Fischer.