Jul 22 – Saint Mary Magdalene

A Great Cloud of Witnesses

Illumination - Mary Magdalene

Saint Mary Magdalene
First Witness to the Resurrection + Apostle
22 July NT

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From the Satucket Lectionary

Mary Magdalene, by PeruginoMary Magdalene is mentioned in the Gospels as being among the women of Galilee who followed Jesus and His disciples, and who was present at His Crucifixion and Burial, and who went to the tomb on Easter Sunday to annoint His body. She was the first to see the Risen Lord, and to announce His Resurrection to the apostles. Accordingly, she is referred to in early Christian writings as “the apostle to the apostles.”

Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany (sister of Martha and Lazarus), and the unnamed penitent woman who annointed Jesus’s feet (Luke 7:36-48) are sometimes supposed to be the same woman. From this, plus the statement that Jesus had cast seven demons out of her (Luke 8:2), has risen the tradition that she had…

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