Martyr for faith and chastity.
Memorial: June 26
Example of virtue of juvenile chastity against homosexuality.
Model of purity, heroism and faith for priests and seminarians.
|Urn-reliquary with the bone remains of Saint Pelayo. Monastery of Saint Pelayo (Oviedo)|
|The Martyrdom of St Pelagius by the Master of Becerril|
Saint Pelayo is the patron of the Minor Seminary of Tui, his remains were transferred to León and later to Oviedo, where he is venerated in a monastery of Benedictine nuns.
Plea to St. Pelagius of Córdoba for Spain
— Oh Pelayo, how great is your glory in heaven! With Justo and Pastor, with Dominguito del Val, with Eulalia and Julia, and with Flora, you form a bunch of fiery carnations and white lilies worthy of presenting yourself to the King of glory. Neither the brilliant court of the Caliph of Córdoba, nor his dazzling promises deceived your eyes. You preferred to those deceitful and obsolete pleasures the incomparable glory promised by Jesus Christ to those who give their lives for him. Remember to ask for Spain, now free of Muslims but not of Marxists, so that it preserves its faith. Above all, pray for the youth, whose faith tries to pervert itself with the doctrines of perverse philosophies, and whose chastity is threatened by pagan sensualism.
|Saint Pelayo tortured by order of Abderramán III, oil on panel (110 x 85 cm), main altarpiece of the parish church of San Pelayo Mártir, Olivares de Duero.|
|The caliph seducing Pelayo- Detail of the main altarpiece of the church of St. Pelayo in Olivares de Duero (Valladolid) by Juan Soreda.|
|The martyrdom of Saint Pelagius of Córdoba, engraved by Jan Luyken in the Martyrs' Mirror|
|Martyrdom of Saint Pelayo by Rafael Murillo Carreras. Malaga Cathedral|
Lord, our Father, who promised the pure of heart the reward of seeing your face, grant us your grace and your strength, so that, following the example of Saint Pelayo, martyr, we put your love before the seductions of the world and keep our hearts clean of all sin. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.