St. Cecilia


St. Cecilia (+230)

Invitation to Worship

The God of Love and virgin’s crown:  Come, let us adore!

We make the Sign of the Cross over our  lips as we begin.

O Holy ONE + open my lips,

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


In you Adonai!

I have found my peace!


Morning Hymn

Now from the heavens descending 
is seen a glorious light,

the bride of Christ in splendor,
 arrayed in purest white.

She is the holy city,
 whose radiance is the grace

of all the saints in glory,
 from every time and place.


This is the hour of gladness 
for bridegroom and for bride.

The Lamb’s great feast is ready,
 his bride is at his side.

How blest are those invited
 to share his wedding feast:

the least become the greatest,
 the greatest are the least.


The One enthroned in heaven 
takes up a dwelling place

among this chosen people,
 who see God face to face.

No sound is heard of weeping, 
for pain and sorrow cease,

and sin shall reign no longer, 
but love and joy and peace.


See how a new creation
 is brought at last to birth,

a new and glorious heaven,
 a new and glorious earth.

Death’s power for ever broken, 
its empire swept away,

the promised dawn of glory 
begins its endless day.



Let us sing to your Name, O Most High,

and proclaim your loving kindness when morning dawns.

Psalm 91/92

It is good to give thanks to you, Adonai,

to make music to your name, O Most  High,

to proclaim your love in the morning

and your truth in the watches of the night,

on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute,

with the murmuring sound of the harp.


Your deeds, Adonai, have made me glad;

for  the work of your hands I shout with joy.

Adonai, how great are your works!

How deep are your designs!

The foolish cannot know this

and the ignorant cannot understand.


Though the wicked seem to spring up like grass

and those who do evil thrive:

their behavior will lead to destruction.

But you, Adonai, are eternal:

Those who oppose your love will perish;

those who do evil will be scattered.


To me you give the strength of an ox;

you anoint me with the purest oil.

My eyes saw the triumph of justice;

my ears heard gladly of the end of oppression.

The just can now flourish like the palm-tree

and grow like a Lebanon cedar.


Planted in the house of Adonai

they will flourish in the courts of our God,

still bearing fruit when they are old

still full of sap and green with life,

to proclaim that Adonai is just.

In God, my Rock, there is no wrong.


Glory to the One and to the Word,

and to the Breath of Love; 

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen. 

Let us sing to your Name, O Most High,

and proclaim your loving kindness when morning dawns.

READING     Hosea 2:16b,17b,21-22

Thus says Adonai: I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt. I will espouse you to me forever; I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know ADONAI.

Silent Prayer



R. My mouth will be filled with your praise; I will sing of your greatness ,* My lips will shout for joy when I sing to you. V. In you I will rejoice and be glad; I will sing to your name, O Most High; * My lips will shout for joy when I sing to you.
V. Glory to the Abba and the Word, and the Breath of Love.

Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


This is the wise bridesmaid, whom the Lord found waiting;
at his coming she went in to the wedding feast.

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen.

This is the wise bridesmaid, whom the Lord found waiting;
at his coming she went in to the wedding feast.

Intercessory Prayer

You made the martyrs powerful witnesses even to the point of giving up their lives,
– help all Christians to give faithful witness to your Word.


You gave holy virgins and consecrated religious the gift of following Christ in community,
– may those consecrated to religious life be steadfast witnesses to the coming of your kingdom.


You called so many to extraordinary lives of loving their families, their neighbors, and those in need, ~may their examples inspire each of us to love all whom you place in our lives.


You invited many to journey ever-deeper into the mystery and beauty of your love and to share their experience in mystical wisdom, poetry, music or art ~ bless all who share their gifts and talents in celebrating your beauty and enriching the lives of others.


You called ordinary people in every generation to search for truth, to dismantle the  institutions of oppression, and to work for justice and peace, ~may we hear the cry of the poor and follow in the footsteps of the saints.


Bring all who have died into the company of heaven with all your saints,
– and give us also a place in the unending fellowship of your reign.

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …

Closing Prayer & Blessing

Holy One and God of endless Compassion, you are the praise of all your saints and the joy of all creation.   We rejoice today in the fellowship of your blessed servant Cecilia and we give you thanks for her life and legends which continue to delight and inspire us. Fill us with life and light, and give us perseverance to serve you all our days;  For yours is the power and glory of love now and forever.  Amen.


May the Love of Christ inspire us with compassion for all who suffer,

and may he bring us all to everlasting life.   ~Amen.


Let us bless Adonai

~Thanks be to God.