Saint Nonnus prays for Saint Pelagia amongst her courtesans, in a 14th-century manuscript
According to Christian tradition, Saint Nonnus was the bishop of Edessa, Mesopotamia who converted Saint Pelagia, a former courtesan, through his preaching and prayer. According to James, a deacon of the church of Heliopolis, Nonnus "was a very great man, a perfect monk, who, by reason of his virtuous life, was taken from his Monastery of Tabenna and made a bishop [of Heliopolis]."
The name or title Nonnus was common in that time and place, as it was an Egyptian title meaning saint.) It can also be spelled Nennos or Ninos, and was a common name in the Assyrian/Syriac culture.
- Jacobus Diaconus. "The Life of Our Holy Mother Pelagia the Nun, Who Was Once a Harlot".
- Wace, Henry (ed.). "Nonnus (2)". Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature to the End of the Sixth Century. (entry about Nonnus of Panopolis, author of Dionysiaca)
- Gibson, Mary Lou (October 2006). "So who was St. Pelagia the Penitent?". Catholic Spirit (Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin).
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