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Li'l St Mary Magdalen by HiloHello Li'l St Mary Magdalen by HiloHello
NAME: Hebrew, prob Egyptian in origin, linked to verb "love; last name means "native of Magdala"

EARTHLY LIFE: First century, Palestine

CHARACTERISTICS AND ACTIVITY: Sinner who asked Jesus' forgiveness; first witness of Resurrection

PATRON OF: Gardeners; hairdressers; perfume makers; glove makers; repentant sinners

CONNECTIONS W/ OTHER SAINTS: Her sister Martha; her brother Lazarus

SYMBOLS: Either elegantly dressed, partly dressed or nude/covered only with long hair; attributes are jar of ointment and hermit's belongings

(Blatently stolen from "Saints in Art" by Rosa Giorgi, Trans. by T. M. Hartmann)

Ah, Mary Magdalene. Legend has it that she was a prostitute, but whether she actually was or not is unclear. What she did do is start weeping on Jesus' feet, then dried them with her hair, then annointed them with costly ointment. The Apostles were all, like, "Dude, you could sell that stuff and give the money to the poor."

To which Jesus replied, "You will always have the poor, and can give money to them whenever you wish, but you won't always have me."

People like to gloss that one over.
:iconblondrose84:
Hmmm... You might want to read The Woman and the Alabastar Jar by Margaret Starbird, it's a very good book, and intresting.
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