Magdalene

devotion

noun: love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause

It is not known when Mary Magdalene was born, only that she came from Magdala a town near Galilee.

She is mentioned in The Gospels more than most apostles, at least 12 times.  Mary Magdalene is often referred to as “The Apostle to the Apostles”.  She is most known for washing Jesus’ feet with her tears and drying them with her hair.  She was at the crucifixion and the resurrection and is thought to be the first to see Jesus as The Risen Christ.

Some references have Mary Magdalene being a fallen woman, a prostitute, a sinner.  Others allude to only her dedication to Jesus’ teachings.  However, no one disputes her devotion.

Her “aspired salvation through devotion” has inspired artists throughout the ages to portray her as beautiful, fair skinned, and with flowing hair that was often red. Legends about her during the life of Christ, after his death, and her role in Christianity continue to surface to this day in many cultures.  These interpretations have added to her enigma.

It is not known when Mary Magdalene died, but it is believed to have happened in France.  There is a La Madeleine Church in Paris, Oxford and Cambridge have colleges named for her, and there are 187 churches in England that are dedicated to her, as well.

The name Magdalene means tower in Hebrew.  Modern versions include Madeline, Magda, and Lena.

Her feast day is July 22.

” This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.”
Mother Teresa

 

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