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St Mary Magdalene - July 22

St Mary Magdalene

As is indicated by her name, Mary Magdalene came from the town of Magdala, on the western shore of Lake Galilee. It was a prosperous town, dominated by Gentile interests, and with an unsavoury reputation according to later rabbis.

Mary enters the gospel story as one of a group of women who joined Jesus and his disciples during Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, and who assisted his mission out of their own resources (Luke 8:1-3). This information comes only from Luke, who adds that Jesus had healed some of the women, and in particular had driven seven demons out of Mary Magdalene. There is no way of knowing what exactly was meant by this, though tradition has included plenty of speculation.

Such speculation has been fostered by the reputation of Magdala and the common identification (made “official” by Gregory the Great) of Mary Magdalene with both the sinful woman (usually understood to be a prostitute) in Luke 7:37-50 who anointed the feet of Jesus, and with Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha... Read more...

229 Ruahine Street,
Palmerston North
Email: stpeters@inspire.net.nz
Phone: (06) 358 5403

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229 Ruahine Street,
Palmerston North
Email: stpeters@inspire.net.nz
Phone: (06) 358 5403

Office Hours

Tuesday to Friday
9:00am to 12:00pm

Closed on Public Holidays

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