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Sister of St. Lazarus and St. Martha, St. Mary Magdalene is historically known as “the Penitent.” Mary was given the name Magdalene because, though a Jewish girl, she is thought to have lived in the Gentile town of Magdala on the shores of Galilee. Her culture and mannerisms are believed to have been those of a Gentile and the Gospel of St. Luke records that Mary had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities. Yet as a disciple of Christ, this strong woman was present at Our Lord’s Crucifixion as well as with Joanna, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome at Jesus’ empty tomb.
After the Ascension, one tradition holds that religious fanatics forced Mary - along with St. Lazarus, St. Martha, St. Maximin, St. Sidonius, Sera who was her maid and the body of St. Anne, the mother of Our Lady - into a boat without sails or oars and then set the boat adrift. Landing on the shore at Marseilles, Mary converted many to the True Faith. Then she spent the remainder of her long life as a contemplative in the caves of Sainte-Baume and was given the Holy Eucharist daily by angels as her only food. Moments before she died, St. Mary Magdalene was miraculously transported to the chapel of St. Maximin where she received the Last Sacraments.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque.)
Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene
Saint Mary Magdalene, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love.
You, who already possesses eternal happiness in His glorious presence, please intercede for me, so that someday I may share in the same everlasting joy. Amen.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
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