The rear of the church faces Avenue O where the main entrance doors are located. The pipe organ was originally located in the choir loft until 1981. It was expanded with more pipes and relocated to the front of the church (the Apse). The space in the loft is now mixed-use: primarily, it serves as storage space for St. Brendan’s; additionally, the Ukrainian choir gathers there to accompany their liturgies.
The spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and he was tormented by an evil spirit sent by the LORD. So the servants of Saul said to him: “Please! An evil spirit from God is tormenting you. If your lordship will order it, we, your servants here in attendance on you, will look for a man skilled in playing the harp. When the evil spirit from God comes over you, he will play and you will feel better.” Whenever the spirit from God seized Saul, David would take the harp and play, and Saul would be relieved and feel better, for the evil spirit would leave him.
1 Samuel 16:14-16,23
St. Cecilia, the patron saint of church music and musicians, suffered martyrdom circa the year 230 A.D. under the Roman emperor Alexander Severus. A church in her honor exists in the Trastevere region of Rome, which tradition holds was built over her house. The church was originally built around the 5th century, rebuilt around the year 820, and rebuilt again in 1599.
Her fame as the patron saint of musicians rests in her legend that she praised God, singing to Him, as she lay dying a martyr’s death.
She is depicted in this window playing the pipe organ.