The holy virgin St. Cecilia was a daughter
of a wealthy 3rd century Roman. She is
regarded as the patroness of music
[because of the story that she heard
heavenly music in her heart when she
was married], and she remained a virgin
until her death. She was a Christian
and converted her husband and many
others to Christianity. She was martyrd
for her faith.
This icon portrays her in the traditional
manner in court robes, hair covered
by a veil and holding a cross as a
symbol of her martyrdom.