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April 24

October 22 (Old Feast date)

Saint of the day:

Saint Mary Salome

Her name derives from the word Shalon which means peace

Saint Mary Salome's Story

Mary Salome (suh-LOH-mee)
One of the "Three Marys" who served Christ. She was the mother of St. James the Great and St. John, and was the wife of Zebedee. Mary Salome witnessed the Crucifixion and was among the women who were at the burial place on the day of the Resurrection.

Saint Mary Salome, a daughter of Saint Mary of Cleophas, was first called simply, Salome. She added Mary to her name in honor of the Blessed Virgin. Her father and her mother both were saints. She was the wife of Zebedee, who was not a saint. But she was the mother of Saint John and Saint James the Greater. And her brothers were Saint Simon, Saint James the Less and Saint Jude, Apostles, and Saint Joseph Barsabas, a disciple of Our Lord. Saint Mary Salome was one of the “three Marys” who stood by the Cross of Jesus when He died, and to whom He appeared on the first Easter Sunday. She and her mother, and Saint Mary Magdalen, Saint Martha and companions, were put on a boat which had no sails and no oars, during a persecution by the Jews in the year 47, and were pushed out to sea. The boat miraculously floated unharmed to the south of France. Saint Mary Salome died in France. She is still venerated there with great love and devotion.


Wife of Zebedee. Mother of Saint John the Apostle, and Saint James the Greater. May have been a cousin of the Blessed Virgin Mary. One of the “three Marys,” the holy women who ministered to Jesus during his earthly ministry, and may have accompanied him on his travels. Witnessed Christ’s death on the cross, his entombment, and his resurrection. Mark mentions Salome as one of the women who came to anoint the body of Jesus on the morning of the Resurrection.

One Gospel story that shows Jesus and Salome has her asking Jesus what places her sons will have in His Kingdom. Jesus responds that it is the Father who assigns places in the Kingdom and that James and John will have to follow His own example of humility and sacrifice to earn places there.

Legend says that after the Resurrection she went to VeroliItaly and spent the rest of her life there spreading the Good News.

Saint Mary Salome and Her Family c. 1520/1528
Bernhard  Strigel



Let us Pray.
Glorious St. Mary Salome, to the nobility of your Natal Day, you have united a vivid and generous faith and associated yourself and your family to the divine apostolate of Jesus, with great courage you participated in His passion, following Him on calvary, you received the Sacred testament, while dying on the Cross. You have done the extreme duties upon the blessed Psalm and so have the honor to receive the first announcement of the resurrection. 
Following (continuing) with absolute and illuminated zeal the work you came among us, overcoming obstacles and contradictions, you put the base in the Church of Veroli, sanctified immediately by the blood of Martyrs and after a laborious life, as a pledge of your maternal love, you wanted to die among us and leave to us the treasure of your holy body.
The great miracles that happened at your tomb, the benefits that you gave in sickness, epidemics, dryness, earthquakes, wars and other calamities gave us the assurance that you will be always our refuge and protection. 
Grave necessity now moved us and you who became holy and mother of the saints at the school of Jesus intercede for us to Him, you who loved so much heaven and earth, obtain for us the grace which we desire, while we promise to honor you today and forever.

(Translated by the Cappucin Sisters, Tagaytay City, 1997)


She was at the cross with Jesus


Marys at the Cross:

How many Marys were at the cross? Confusing, yes!
So far I have counted 4 Marys not 3!


  1. Mary, mother of god

  2. Mary Magdalene

  3. Mary Salome (Mother of St James the greater)

  4. Mary Clopas (Mother of St. James the less) 

    BUT what if this had a special meaning?
    Could the Gospel be comparing the three Marys as the Holy Trinity?
    My priest explained to me that the blessed mother binds the Trinity together,

    just as it is shown in the fleur de lis.

The Blessed mother is present with the Trinity.

Mary, Mother of God by Giovanni

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.
When the centurion who stood facing him
saw how he breathed his last he said, 
"Truly this man was the Son of God!"
There were also women looking on from a distance.
Among them were Mary Magdalene, 
Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joses, and Salome.
These women had followed him when he was in Galilee
and ministered to him.
There were also many other women
who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

Mary Salome (Mother of St James the greater)

Mary Clopas (Mother of St. James the less)


The 4 Marys

Quimper Cathedral (France)



Bull Fights, Ocean Shores, & Gypsys...

The Church of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer experiences a few times a year hours of intense fervor that accompany these Pilgrimages. Romanies, Manouches, Tziganes and Gitans come from the four corners of Europe and even other continents to venerate their Saint, the Black Sara. They camp on the streets, on the squares, on the beach. During eight to ten days, they are at home. The pilgrimage is also the occasion for reunions of friends and family, and most of the children are baptized in the Church of the Saints.


- May 24 and 25 (Sara's Procession to the sea, the 24th Procession of the Saints Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome, the 25th).  

- On the Sunday closest to October 22 (Procession of the Saints Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome). 


These festivals go back to the Middle Ages and their ceremonies are still the same; the crowd, candles in hand, sing and praise the Saint Marys. 


Saint Mary Jacobe, Saint Mary Salome, patron saints of Saintes Maries de la Mer

By what mystery did these two Saints find themselves on the Mediterranean shores ?


The Breviary of the Aix en Provence Diocese tells us:

"Chased by the persecution of Palestine, many of Christ's disciples were exiled and brought the Christian faith to our region."


With Mary-Magdalene, Lazarus, Maximin and many others, Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome were arrested and set off on a boat, then, near the coast, abandoned on a raft with neither sails nor paddles. Guided by Providence they reached the Provençal shore. And while the other disciples went off evangelizing far away, the Saints Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome, elderly women as they were mothers of Apostles, remained on this shore which henceforth bore their name. They would have converted the local people and the Romans who occupied the region.







What to eat.....

This area is known for the wild beast roaming and being on the ocean.

Typical meal here is surf & turf!

Meal: Lobster, oysters, calms, shrimps and steak!

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