Thursday, July 22, 2021
St. Mary Magdalene was one of the disciples of Jesus. She was probably wealthy and provided financial support for his ministry. She was present at Jesus’ crucifixion and burial and was one of the first witnesses to his resurrection.
She ran to the apostles with the words “I have seen the Lord!”, but according to gospel accounts, they did not believe her at first. She is sometimes called “The apostle to the apostles” because she was the first to tell them of his resurrection.
Although she is often identified as the sinful woman who anoints Jesus feet and washes them with her tears and dries them with her hair, this association came later, in the Middle Ages. The belief that she was a prostitute is probably not accurate.
She is the patron saint of converts, glove makers, perfumeries, hairdressers, pharmacists, and contemplative life. She is also the patroness of people who are made fun of for their piety.
Her feast day is July 22.