CAECILIA (CECILIA, CICELY) (Saint) Virgin Martyr (November 22) (2nd century) One of the most famous Virgin Martyrs of the early Roman Church. Of Patrician birth and a zealous Christian, she converted to Christianity her betrothed husband, Valerian, with his brother Tiburtius, who, like her, both gave their lives for Christ. Cecilia was seized as a Christian and suffocated with the steam of a hot bath in her own mansion, later converted into a church. The probable date is the reign of Septimus Severus (A.D. 193-222). Her relics were recovered from the catacombs by Pope Saint Paschal I (A.D. 821).