Book of Saints – Pelagia – 4 May

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(Saint) Virgin Martyr (May 4) (3rd century) A young girl of Tarsus in Cilicia (Asia Minor), who of herself sought and obtained Baptism from the Bishop of that city. Diocletian had chosen her to be the future bride of one of his sons. The latter, on learning that she had become a Christian and thereby one of the proscribed, committed suicide. Saint Pelagia was arrested and cast into prison. In due course she was sentenced to death, but she expired in the torture chamber. Her martyrdom must be dated some years before A.D. 300.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Pelagia”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 September 2016. Web. 23 January 2019. <>