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July 22


Saint of the day:
Saint Mary Magdalene

Apostle to the Apostles
Patron Saint of Women, converts to Christianity, people who enjoy contemplating God's mysteries, people who are persecuted for their piety,

people who are penitent about their sins, people who struggle with sexual temptation, apothecaries, glove makers, hairdressers, perfume makers, pharmacists, reformed prostitutes, tanners, and various places and churches worldwide

Saint Mary Magdalene’s Story

Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since there has been a persistent legend in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50.

Most Scripture scholars today point out that there is no scriptural basis for confusing the two women. Mary Magdalene, that is, “of Magdala,” was the one from whom Christ cast out “seven demons” (Luke 8:2)—an indication at the worst, of extreme demonic possession or possibly, severe illness.

Writing in the New Catholic Commentary, Father Wilfrid J. Harrington, O.P., says that “seven demons” “does not mean that Mary had lived an immoral life—a conclusion reached only by means of a mistaken identification with the anonymous woman of Luke 7:36.” In the Jerome Biblical Commentary, Father Edward Mally, S.J., agrees that she “is not…the same as the sinner of Luke 7:37, despite the later Western romantic tradition about her.”

Mary Magdalene was one of the many “who were assisting them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their means.” She was one of those who stood by the cross of Jesus with his mother. And, of all the “official” witnesses who might have been chosen for the first awareness of the Resurrection, she was the one to whom that privilege was given. She is known as the “Apostle to the Apostles.”


Mary Magdalene has been a victim of mistaken identity for almost 20 centuries. Yet she would no doubt insist that it makes no difference. We are all sinners in need of the saving power of God, whether our sins have been lurid or not. More importantly, we are all “unofficial” witnesses of the Resurrection.






St Mary Magdalene

(Relics: Rome, Italy; Plan-d’Aups-Sainte-Baume, France; Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume, France; Vézelay, France)

A tradition, which developed in the 13th century, holds that after the martyrdom of St James the Greater in Jerusalem many Christians were evicted from the city and placed upon a boat without a sail or a rudder. Miraculously this group, which included Mary Magdalene, Lazarus, and Martha, reached the southern shores of France. The group then began spreading the faith in the area. Mary Magdalene, however, chose a different path. She gave herself to a life of prayer and spent thirty years as a hermit in a cave above the present-day village of Plan-d’Aups-Sainte-Baume. A competing theory alleges that Mary Magdalene was buried in Ephesus close to the house of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From here her relics were transferred to Constantinople and then to Western Europe.


Grotte de Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

(Grotto of Saint Mary Magdalene)

83640 Plan-d’Aups-Sainte-Baume, France

*The Grotto of Saint Mary Magdalene is carved into the side of a mountain located just to the east of Plan-d’Aups-Sainte-Baume.

*Tradition claims that St Mary Magdalene spent the last 30 years of her life here. Some relics of St Mary Magdalene are located under the altar.

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

(Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene)

2 Route Asquins

89450 Vézelay, France

*Tradition holds that St Mary Magdalene was originally buried in the Church of St Maximin in the present day French city of Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume. In the 8th century her remains were unearthed and transferred to Vézelay, France. Five centuries later the King of Naples, Charles II, claimed to have found her original tomb in St Maximin. In 1281 he was able to obtain official recognition of these relics. As a result, the shrine in Vézelay lost its prominence. Then in the 16th century the relics that remained in Vézelay were burned by French Huguenots. Presently only an empty tomb and a few small relics remain within this church. They are located in the Carolingian crypt.

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

(Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene)

Place de l’Hôtel de Ville

83470 Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume, France

*In the 13th century this church was built over the recently found tomb of St Mary Magdalene.

Five centuries later, however, it was severely damaged by supporters of the French Revolution.

Despite this damage, both the tomb and a relic of St Mary Magdalene’s skull were saved.

These relics can be visited within the crypt of this church.

San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini

(Saint John the Baptist of the Florentines)

Via Acciaioli 2

Rome, Italy

*This church is just east of the Vatican. It is next to the Tiber River and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

*A relic of St Mary Magdalene’s foot rests in a shrine to the left of the main sanctuary. Also the chapel in the left transept is dedicated to her.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Grotte de Sainte-Marie-Madeleine & 
(Her relics rest here)



Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume (Her golden relics rest here which is pictured above)



Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine



San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini



Chapel of Mary Magdalene:

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

is one of the most Holy sites in the Christian world, the site of the burial place of Jesus.

The 12th C structure is located on the traditional site of Golgotha, the crucifixion and burial site of Jesus.

On the north side of the Rotunda, the hall of the tomb, is the Franciscan Chapel of Mary Magdalene. Mary of Magdala (Migdal) accompanied Jesus on his way to the cross and burial (Mark 15, 47: "And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus beheld where he was laid") .

The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the Chapel marked by a red marker on the north-western side of the church, adjacent to the Rotunda.The altar is on the left side (shown on the next picture), while the Rotunda is seen in the background. On the north side of the chapel are more rooms.


Her Art:

The Three Marys 

Mary Magdalene 

Mary Magdalene by Leonardo da Vinci

St Matthew's

Carver Street

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
(The Church of England)
Mary's hold "the alabaster jar" which refers to the oil which was applied to Jesus' feet. Mary cried over his feet, her tears wished his feet, she placed oil from her jar on his feet and then washed his feet with her hair.


Her Stories:


The tradition of using eggs to celebrate Easter began soon after Jesus was resurrected, since eggs were already a natural symbol of new life.

Often, ancient Christians would hold eggs in their hands as they proclaimed "Christ is risen!" to people on Easter.

Christian tradition says that when Mary met the Roman emperor Tiberius Caesar at a banquet, she held up a plain egg and told him: "Christ is risen!". The emperor laughed and told Mary that the idea of Jesus Christ rising from the dead was as unlikely as the egg she held turning red in her hands. But the egg did turn a bright shade of red while Tiberius Caesar was still speaking. That miracle caught the attention of everyone at the banquet, which gave Mary the opportunity to share the Gospel message with everyone there.


Her Miracles:

Mary Magdalene Miracles

  • Her Miraculous Healing from Jesus

  • Eyewitness to the Crucifixion & Resurrection

  • She was the chosen one to whom the risen Christ first appears on Easter Sunday, making her the “apostle to the apostles”

  • Miraculous help from angels  

  • Easter Egg Miracle

**Mary Magdelene as one of a small group of men and women entrusted by the risen Jesus with preaching the gospel. In the Gospel of Philip she is referred to as Jesus' companion and as one loved more than all other disciples. This work's reference to Jesus kissing Mary on the mouth—a reference that appears in other texts—supports the contention that Mary Magdalene was Jesus' lover as well as his most ardent follower. In the Dialogue of the Savior and the Pistis Sophia she is cited as an equal among the other disciples, all men.
(Not a book of the catholic bible or KJV)


The Myths?
Jesus and Mary Magdalene did have an amazing relationship but they were just friends.

Mary was very much devoted to Jesus but not as his wife in marriage. 
Jesus was her rabboni, her beloved teacher, her spiritual instructor.

Her Gospel &
The Gospel of Philip 

Jesus & Mary Magdalene 

Mary Magdalene
Kilmore Church
The Parish of Kilninian & Kilmore
Church of Scotland (Presbyterian)



Leonardo Da Vinci’s the “Last Supper”
Is that Mary to the left of Jesus? Nope, that is John.


Her Sins:


The 7 demons that were cast out of her were the 7 deadly sins (Luke 8: 1-2):

  1. Lust: Lust is an uncontrollable passion or longing, especially for sexual desires.

  2. Gluttony: Gluttony is an excessive ongoing consumption of food or drink.

  3. Greed: Greed is an excessive pursuit of material possessions. 

  4. Sloth: Sloth is an excessive laziness or the failure to act and utilize one’s talents.

  5. Wrath: Wrath is an uncontrollable anger and hate towards another person.

  6. Envy: Envy is the intense desire to have an item or experience that someone else possesses. 

  7. Pride: Pride is an excessive view of one's self without regard for others.

At this point Jesus Saves Mary from her demons, from her sins and Mary then forms a deep devotion for Jesus and a follower of Christ.


Her Name:

and some theories 

  • Mary's name refers to the town she was from: Mary of Magdalene, which was a fish drying town.

  • Her name also means one who builds the hair up. This could mean she was a hair dresser, a stylist. 

  • Her name also could mean Tower = the Great, Mary the Great

  • Naming her from her region could also show her as very independent, strong, and maybe of a noble blood line

  • Her name also shows that she was not wed. She is not named after her husband but the town she is from.
    She either was never married or was a widowed.  

  • Mary of Magdalene like Jesus of Nazareth named from the places where they were from.

  • Mary was never formally connected to a man or husband as being married.

  • She was connected to Jesus as a very devoted follower, one who loved him deeply, and one who spread his word.

  • Magdalene". In Hebrew Migdal (מגדל) means "tower", "fortress";

  • in Aramaic, "Magdala" means "tower" or "elevated, great, magnificent".


Her Special Message from Christ:

  • Mary went to take care of Jesus after his death. To prepare his body. (She was the Myrrhbearer)

  • Mary was sadden to see that Jesus' body was gone.

  • She then hears a voice and it was the voice of the Lord.

  • Mary goes to touch him and Jesus states,

  • "Don't touch me, but go to tell my brothers that I am ascending to my father." (John 20:17)

  • Thus making her the the Apostle to the Apostles.

Who was Mary:

1. One of Christ's followers

2. Present at the Crucifixion

3. Witness of the Resurrection

4. First to proclaim the Christian message


Her soul ascends to heaven:


Her Mosaic
The Lady Mary zodiac at Beit Shean, a sixth century monastery just south of the Sea of Galilee.

The calendrical zodiac depicts Jesus and Mary at the center of the twelve constellations, which are marked here as disciple-months. 

The mosaic called at the Lady Mary zodiac at Beit Shean, also shows Mary is like the moon which reflects the light of Christ who is like the sun. She illuminates god’s word, which is the source of light.

Shekhinah (She Who Dwells Within) (Hebrew)




Madeleines (French for "Magdalens")

  • 1 stick (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 lemon

  • 2/3 cup milk

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • butter (at room temperature) for the madeleine pan molds



  1. Butter 2 madeleine molds (molds of 12) and put into the refrigerator. Butter them again in 15 minutes, making sure the butter coats the indentations on the top. Chill molds until ready to use. 

  2. Grate the zest from 1/2 of the lemon and reserve. Squeeze the lemon and reserve the juice. Whisk the flour and baking powder together. Melt the butter and set aside. Whisk the eggs, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice together for about 30 seconds. Don't overmix. 

  3. Thin the mixture with 1/2 cup of the milk. Add the flour all at once and, using a whisk, blend just long enough to eliminate lumps. Gently stir in the rest of the milk and the melted butter. 

  4. Refrigerate the batter for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°. Spoon the batter into the shell-shaped molds and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning the pans halfway through the cooking time so they bake evenly. Immediately remove the cookies from the molds and allow to cool on racks. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving (not when hot!).

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