Saint Melito of Sardis (d.180)

for April 1

Saint Melito of Sardis was a second-century exegete and apologist. He acted as bishop of Sardis, which was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. Little is known of Saint Melito's life, but fragments of his ecclesiastical writings remain. Saint Melito's most well-known tome is the Peri-Pascha, a Good Friday sermon that shows the similarities between Easter and Passover. We celebrate the feast day of Saint Melito of Sardis on April 1.

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Saint Melito of Sardis used the written word to spread the Good News. Do you use your words, both spoken and written, to praise the Lord?


Lord, whom I long to praise, let only words that please you come from my lips and fingertips. (Taken from “By My Side: A Teen Prayer Companion.”)