Martyr for faith and chastity.
Memorial: † June 26
Patronage: Chastity and youth, abandoned people, victims of torture, Castro Urdiales, Spain.
Model of purity, heroism and faith for priests and seminarians.
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.
Martyrdom of Pelagius of Cordova
Pretiosa in conspectu Domini mors sanctorum eius
Psalms 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of his saints.
(– Dom Prospero Gueranger, Abbot of Solesmes)
|The Martyrdom of St Pelagius by the Master of Becerril|
|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.