Favorite Saints
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St. Cecilia.  Such an amazing story.  I love that her body was found incorrupt in exactly the position in which she died.
But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.  Luke 10:42
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The body of St Cecilia was discovered by Pope Paschal I (4th century) in the Catacomb of St. Callistus, and was moved to the Trastevere in Rome. There the body lay until the tomb was re-opened in 1599. The body was still intact and uncorrupted. Pope Clement VI summoned Maderno to the church to view the body before it was reburied, in order to make a reproduction.

It is thought that Stefano's recumbent subsequent statue is an accurate likeness - he represents the delicate, small body lying face-downwards, with the knees drawn together and the head covered by a veil. The sculpture is so life-like that the viewer hardly needs to read the sculptor's testimony on the base. Stefano aims to directly engage the feeling of the viewer with this work of art, the body still looks warm while a mark on the neck indicates the axe blow that ended her young life. This method of engaging the viewer, and igniting emotions were to be perfected by Bernini and Caravaggio in years to come.
But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.  Luke 10:42
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