Saturday, 22 July 2017

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene was a disciple of Jesus, and the first witness to the resurrection; one of a group of women who, according to Luke 8 "were helping to support [Jesus and The Twelve] out of their own means", after having been cured by him of an unspecified illness. She is a prominent figure in several apocryphal texts, portrayed as a leader of the early Christian movement, "the apostle to the apostles." According to Eastern traditions, and Gregory of Tours, she retired to Ephesus where she died.

Collect 
   
Almighty God,
whose Son restored Mary Magdalene
to health of mind and body
and called her to be a witness to his resurrection:
forgive our sins and heal us by your grace,
that we may serve you in the power of his risen life;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Further Reading: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Magdalene

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