Saints related to Patron of Musicians

section of stained glass window showing angels playing musical instrumentsThe most popular patron saint for music and musicians is St. Cecilia. Like many who love music, she had a tune playing in her head; not something from the radio since she lived in the 2nd or 3rd century, but rather heavenly music. She is not alone as there are five other saints who have connections as patron to those who entertain with music and song.

St Cecilia – Shrouded in mystery and honored as a martyr, Cecilia, the patroness of music is said to have heard heavenly music during her marriage rite to a pagan. [view St Cecilia Items]

Other Patrons of Musicians

St Genesius – He is primarily known as the patron of actors due to his life as a performer during the time of the emperor Diocletian, in Rome. Diocletian, who hated Christians, witnessed the conversion of Genesius on stage as he was performing a satirization of baptism. Literally, Genesius went off script and embraced the Christian faith; later suffering a martyr’s death. He is commonly portrayed with a string instrument in his hand. Perhaps a nod to musical theater. [view St Genesius Items}

St Dunstan – While his skill at metal work means his primary patronages are for locksmiths, goldsmiths, jewelers and armorers, St Dunstan, while teaching at Cathedral school in Canterbury was a revered musician, who composed hymns. (A heavy metal/precious metal composer?) [view St Dunstan Items]

St Gregory – Perhaps you have heard of Gregorian Chant? Well, until Pope Gregory created this monophonic liturgical music to accompany the texts of the mass and the divine office, it did not exist as we experience it today. AKA Gregory the Great he is the patron of musicians and singers, among other things [view St Gregory Items]

St Hildegard Von Bingen – A 12th century “Renaissance woman”  her interests and writings included: botany, medicine, theology, liturgy, music and theatre. Among her works are musical compositions used for liturgy, as well as a musical morality play entitled “Ordo Virtutum” A woman blessed with many gifts, St. Hildegard used these capabilities to bring honor and glory to God throughout her life. [view St Hildegard Von Bingen Items]

St. Paul – St. Paul the apostle is actually a convert after the establishment of the Church. He went from a role in persecuting the early Christian community to becoming a staunch defender, and tireless missionary. His connection to music and musicians is unclear, except perhaps in how music shares stories and moves hearts much as St. Paul did in preaching the Gospel. [view St Paul Items]

Learn More About the Lives of the Saints who are Patrons of Music and Musicians

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St Cecilia

St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia, virgin and martyr, is the patroness of music. Legend has it that while she was being wed, she heard beautiful music coming from heaven. Her husband respected her vow of virginity and w…

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Saint Dunstan

St. Dunstan

St. Dunstan was born near Glastonbury, England in the year 909. He became abbot of Glastonbury and restored several monasteries that had been demolished by the Danes during their incursions.

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St. Genesius

St. Genesius

St. Genesius was an actor in the third century in Rome. As he was performing a play that made fun of Christians for the Emperor Diocletian, St. Genesius was given the grace of conversion and insta…

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St. Gregory

St. Gregory

St. Gregory was born in 540, in Rome, Italy. He became a Benedictine monk and was unanimously elected pope in 590. His was zealous and composed a significant amount of works. He is known for contr…

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St Hildegard

St. Hildegard Von Bingen

St. Hildegard lived in the 12th century. She was of German descent and became a nun at the age of 15. She was a poet, a physician, as well as a moralist and a mystic. She was declared a doctor of…

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St. Paul

St. Paul

St. Paul the Apostle was born Saul at Tarsus, Cicilia. He was a persecutor of the faith until his conversion. After his conversion, he was a passionate and powerful promoter of Christianity and tir…

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