St. Mary Magdalene

July 22, 2020

The Repentant St. Mary Magdalene by Domenico Fetti

Today is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene sometimes called the Apostle to the Apostles.

Mary Magdalene in the Bible

St. Mary Magdalene was a follower of Jesus, one of several women said to have helped support his ministry. While scripture does not support the claim that she was a prostitute (or the woman with the alabaster jar), the Bible does she was the woman from whom Jesus cast seven demons.

St. Mary Magdalene watched the crucifixion from a distance along with the other women who followed Jesus during His ministry. After His burial, visiting his tomb to anoint his body only to find the stone rolled away and found the living Christ, sitting at the place they laid Him. She was the first witness to His resurrection and made the miracle of His resurrection known to the Apostles.

St. Mary Magdalene and the Rudderless Boat

According to legend, St. Mary Magdalene remained among the early Christians after Christ’s ascension. And was allegedly put into a boat, some fourteen years later, along with several other saints of the early Church, and set adrift without sails or oars. Some believe that the boat landed in southern France, where she spent the remaining years of her life living in solitude, in a cave.

Mary Magdalene and the Red Egg

According to tradition, St.Mary Magdalene, gained an audience with the Roman emperor after the resurrection of Jesus. She denounced Pilate for his handling of Jesus' trial and then began to tell Caesar about Jesus' resurrection. 

She picked up a hen's egg from the dinner table to illustrate her point about resurrection. Caesar was unmoved and replied that there was as much chance of a human being returning to life as there was for the egg to turn red. Immediately, the egg miraculously turned red in her hand! 

It is because of this tradition that Orthodox Christians exchange red eggs at Easter.

The Power of Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene's feast day is July 22. She is the patroness of converts, repentant sinners, sexual temptation, pharmacists, tanners and women, and many other places and causes.

The mystery, honor and legend that surround St. Mary Magdalene appeal to many, both in and outside of the church.  She is one of the saints, in fact, who helped draw me back to Christianity after seven years in the new age and occult.  So it is important to me to honor her today.

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