Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene



O God, whose Only Begotten Son entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection, grant, we pray, that through her intercession and example we may proclaim the living Christ and come to see him reigning in your glory. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Saint Mary Magdalene, pray for us, that we may be protected from demonic oppression.

8 comments:

  1. I was praying yesterday and I was saying to Jesus that in the midst of all the chaos I would love to see Him like Mary Magdalene saw Him when she thought first He was a Gardner! I did not know it was her feast day :) that is lovely!!

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  2. Do Melkites follow the Eastern tradition in regarding St. Mary Magdalene as a different person from St. Mary of Bethany?

    The west traditionally holds that St. Mary Magdalene is St. Mary of Bethany.as the same person, though Latin-Rite Catholics have moved away from that in recent years.

    I find the issue a bit confusing. I'm never sure if I should make separate prayers to St. Mary of Bethany or not.

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  3. We still consider them each a separate person. June four for Mary of Bethany and 22 July for Mary of Magdalene.
    For me it makes sense for them to be two different persons :)

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    1. There seems no Scriptural reason for equating them, but the western tradition is strong. On St. Mary Magdalene's feast yesterday, I was praying from the Anglo-Catholic English Office, which has antiphons making reference to the saint washing the feet of Our Lord.

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  4. Do you the Anglo-Catholic office to know the saint of the day? Is it equivalent to the Synaxarion?

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    1. I'm not sure I'm understanding your question. Are you asking how I know what saint's day it is? Or are you asking if this particular office has a calendar of feast days?

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  5. I am asking how do you know what saint's day it is and the prayers for them. I love this about this blog :)

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    1. I have a book called Calendar of Catholic Devotion (reviewed on this blog). I read it every day to see whose feast it is.

      I have also checked out the dates of those saints not on the official calendar and Orthodox saints that I am devoted to.

      I quote either the official Catholic collect (usually taken from Catholic-Culture.org), the collect from the Book of Common Prayer, or the Orthodox Tropartia and Kontakion.

      The prayer to the saint in bold, I compose myself.

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