October 8 – Pelagia the Penitent

Pelagia the Penitent (IV cent.?) was a dancer, actress, and/or prostitute in Antioch. If she is the same one spoken of by St. John Chrysostom (67th Sermon on Matthew), she outshone all others in lasciviousness, and bewitched men with her beauty, even seducing the empress’s brother. (Although given what we know about the royal families… Continue reading October 8 – Pelagia the Penitent