Excerpt from The Life of St. Cecilia From Ms. Ashmole 43 and Ms. Cotton Tiberius E. VII: With Introduction, Variants, and Glossary
From the long list of saints and martyrs whose acts are cele brated by the Western Church, there is separable a group of Roman virgin martyrs. To... this group, with St. Agnes, St. Agatha, and St. Lucy (the two latter being undoubtedly of Sicil ian origin), St. Cecilia belongs. St. Cecilia is also frequently associated in the modern mind with the Greek St. Katherine, probably through the intensifying and relating of the emblem atic idea, which gave to St. Katherine the province of literature and philosophy, as it made St. Cecilia the patroness of sacred music.
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