The precise dates of Mary Magdalene’s birth and death are unknown, but we do know she was present with Christ during his public ministry, death and resurrection. She is mentioned at least a dozen times in the Gospels.
Mary Magdalene has long been regarded as a prostitute, but this is not supported in the scriptures. It is believed she was a Jewish woman who lived among Gentiles, living as they did.
The Gospels agree that Mary was originally a great sinner. Jesus cast seven demons out of her when he met her. After this, she told several women she associated with and these women also became followers.
What Mary Magdalene did in her subsequent life, after meeting Jesus, is much more significant than her background. During Jesus' ministry, it is believed that she followed him, part of a semi-permanent entourage who served Jesus and his Disciples.
She likely watched the crucifixion from a distance along with the other women who followed Christ during His ministry. Mary Magdalene was present when Christ rose from the dead, visiting his tomb to anoint his body only to find the stone rolled away and Christ, very much alive, sitting at the place they laid Him. She was the first witness to His resurrection.
St. Mary Magdalene’s feast day is celebrated on July 22nd. She is the patroness of contemplative life, converts, glove makers, hairdressers, penitent sinners, people ridiculed for their piety, perfumeries, pharmacists, sexual temptation, tanners, and women.
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