Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome

I am fascinated by names, words, etc.  They all come from something.  The First Lady of the US, shares her name with this pious woman from the 4th century.  The other very interesting thing is the misunderstanding from most westerners that the Middle East and North Africa has always been populated as it is today.  However, it is clear that this area was rife with Christians and the Christian faith.  Many of our earliest Church zealots came from this region.  In this case, from present day Tunis.

Reading from the Synaxarion:

Saint Melania the Younger, who was born in 388, was the grand-daughter of Saint Melania the Elder (see June 8). Her father Publicola was an Eparch of Rome. She was joined in wedlock to a husband and became the mother of two children, both of which she lost shortly thereafter. Thus, having agreed with her husband to pass the rest of their lives in abstinence and chastity, and taking her mother Albina with her, she went off to Africa. They ransomed 8,000 captives; furthermore, they built two monasteries – one for men and one for women – in the city of Tagaste, which was in the district of Tunis. After seven years they moved to Jerusalem. Thereafter Melania shut herself up in a small and narrow hermitage by the Mount of Olives, and wearing away her body with fasting and vigil, she reposed in 434.


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