Mary Magdalene

Day of Remembrance orthodox: third Sunday of Easter, 22 July 

Day of Remembrance orthodox Catholic: 22 July

Name means: Mar: the beleibte/the beautiful/the bitter/the beloved by God (Aramaic) Mag: the one from Magdala (on the Sea of Galilee) (Hebrew)

Disciple of Jesus

Patroness: women, repentant sinners and seduced; children who learn to walk hard; pupils and students, prisoners; glove makers, hairdressers, gardeners, winemakers, wine merchants, against eye ailments and against thunderstorms

Attributes: under the cross, anointing vessel, as a penitent, scourge, with musical instruments, naked and completely hairy, with skull (as smbol for nullity/vanity)


* after 1 in Magdala near Tiberias, today Migdal in Israel
in the 1st century in Ephesus

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Mary probably has her nickname after her hometown Magdala in Israel. Mary joined Jesus as a disciple after he had freed her from obsession – Jesus’ circle of disciples was larger than the known twelve men and also included women, among whom Mary apparently had a special position, because the lists of women in the New Testament are always headed by her. Mary, like other women, provided for Jesus’ livelihood in particular. With Jesus and the disciples, Mary also went to Jerusalem; Together with two other women, however, she did not flee like the other disciples, but remained with the crucifixion and death of Jesus.  She was involved in the descent from the cross of Jesus and remained weeping at the tomb after the burial by Joseph of Arimathaia.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Maria Magdalena, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints –

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