The Second Nun's Tale

The Second Nun's Tale
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  • A noble young lady named Cecilia is a very holy and devout Christian, she admires the chastity of the Virgin Mary so much that she wants to remain a virgin forever, but she falls in love with Valerian.
  • They get married and Cecilia warns him that an angel watches over her and will kill him if he seeks to use her sexually in a way that is unclean.
  • Faith is a theme that is portrayed when the characters are given the opportunity to save their lives by renouncing to their faith but don't.
  • Cecilia sends Valerian to get baptized with Pope Urban. When he returns he is able to see the angel and asks that his brother Tiburse gets baptized too.
  • A Roman prefect named Almachius finds out about the conversion of the brothers and has them executed. He arrests Cecilia and at the trial she is condemned to death.
  • Almachius attempts to kill her first by having her put into a tub of boiling water, then trying to have her head cut off.  The executioner fails three times.
  • Cecilia lives for another three days with a gash in her neck before dying, during which she sings and converts non-believers. Following her death, Pope Urban decrees her to be Saint Cecilia
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