Book of Saints – Pelagia – 9 June

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(Saint) Virgin Martyr (June 9) (4th century) A Christian maiden of Antioch in Syria who suffered in the great persecution under Diocletian, in the first years of the fourth century. Saints Ambrose and Chrysostom have both left us Panegyrics of her. “What is singular in her martyrdom is that, while she welcomed the death sentence, rather than undergo the loss of her virginity (for to that she was also, according to Roman Law, condemned), she voluntarily threw herself from a great height to the ground, and so met her death. Butler thinks that she hoped to escape by this suicidal act, but writers on Theology should be consulted as to its intrinsic lawfulness.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Pelagia”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 September 2016. Web. 4 August 2021. <>