Tuesday, July 22, 2014

St. Mary Magdalene, Tuesday's Saint

Here is a good article on the confusion surrounding St. Mary Magdalene, whose feast we who follow the New Calendar (ye gads, we sound like Orthodox) celebrated today. (Yes, we have saints on many days; it causes for mild confusion and much flipping around in our breviaries. And we have those, too.) It addresses the confusion of Marys, and the question of whether St. Mary Magdalene was a ex-whore or not. You can read it at Fr. Barron's Word on Fire blog.

Another mystery of the "Apostle to the Apostles," is her depiction with a red egg. (Trivia: St. Mary Magdalene is depicted in icons with her hair showing, something that is only done in the case of women who have led disreputable lives such as St. Mary Magdalene and St. Mary of Egypt.)

The most common explanation in the Eastern Church stems from a meeting between St. Mary and the Roman Emperor Tiberius. St. Mary Magdalene bravely greeted the Emperor with the (now) traditional phrase, "Christ is risen!"

The Emperor, no doubt with an wry expression to those around him, replied, "Christ is no more risen than that egg is red."

You can imagine what happened next.

St. Mary Magdalene, whatever your past life may or may not have been, you were the first to carry word of the risen Christ: the Apostle to the Apostles!

P.S. Keep scrolling down, the Bear has posted several new articles this evening. If you get to "Every Priest Gets One Bite" you have seen all the new content.

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