PELAGIA

Many legendary tales are connected to this saint.  History says St. Pelagia was a devout Christian.  She lived in Antioch at the end of the 3rd and at the beginning of the 4th century.  When she was fifteen, about the year 305, the local persecutor of the Church learned of her Christianity.  He sent a group of soldiers to bring her to him for examination.  St. Pelagia was quite aware of the outrages Christ’s  virgins suffered.  When the soldiers came to her home, she declared she had to put on her bravest apparel and excused herself from the room.  She swiftly made the way to the roof of her house and flung herself headlong to the ground below in order to preserve her richest prize-the virginity she had vowed to Jesus.  St. Ambrose and St. John Chrysostom, both Doctors of the Church, knew of her action and concurred that it was a noble example of love of chastity.  She is classified as a Virgin and Martyr by the Church.

FEAST DAY:  October 8

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