|Icon, St. Mary Magdalene, drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2011 |
|5th Sorrowful Mystery, S. Thayer, 2009|
St. Mary Magdalene is shown directly
behind the Blessed Mother
Over time the Church has come to see Mary of Bethany as possibly the same as Mary of Magdala who was delivered from seven devils -- that it was the same Mary who anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair who also shared a home with Martha and Lazarus in Bethany. Thus St. Mary Magdalene became a symbol of repentance from the vanities of the world to various believers. In 1969, the Catholic Church indicated that Magdalene's standard image as a reformed prostitute is not definitely supported by the text of the Bible. However, while the revised Roman calendar no longer states explicitly that Mary Magdalene is a repentant sinner of ill repute, many in the Church continue to believe that she was such and to pray to her for her assistance in converting family members who have fallen into serious sin.
Mary Magdalene was present at the cross after the male disciples (excepting John the Beloved Disciple) had fled, and at His burial. Mary was a devoted follower of Jesus, entering into the close circle of those taught by Jesus during His Galilean ministry. Mary Magdalene is referred to in early Christian writings as "the apostle to the apostles" and "Equal of the Apostles".
Mary Magdalene is considered by the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches to be a saint, with a feast day of July 22. The Eastern Orthodox churches also commemorate her on the Sunday of the Myrrh bearers. She is also an important figure in the Baha'i Faith. Consistently in the four Gospels, Mary Magdalene seems to be distinguished from other women named Mary by adding "Magdalene" (η Μαγδαληνή) to her name. Traditionally, this has been interpreted to mean that she was from Magdala, a town thought to have been on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Luke 8:2 says that she was actually "called Magdalene." In Hebrew מגדל Migdal means "tower", "fortress"; in Aramaic, "Magdala" means "tower" or "elevated, great, magnificent".
For more information, especially about the cultus of St. Mary Magdalene which developed in Catholic France and how her followers believed the Saint had come from Jerusalem to Provence during the first Jerusalem persecution, click on the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Magdalene St. Mary Magdalene pray for us.
MY FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR
As some of you are aware, Autumn is my favourite time of the year. It is not just the colours (which I, as a "colouration" person do love), but it is the whole combination of shorter days, blue sky when it isn't raining, of course and that wonderful coolness in the air. I also love the colours of the season as expressed so intensely in this photograph. I am sure the colours have been saturated, but that makes me like the photo all the more.
WEIRD, WONDERFUL AND JUST PLAIN SILLY PHOTOS
I continue to collect many strange and unusual photographs that I come across so I thought I would share a few of them with you in this posting.
|What kind of Peacock is this?|
|What a strange looking sea creature!|
|Photoshop will get you every time!|
|Make a copy of this photo and the next time the doctor asks for one of these, just hand this to her!|
SUKI AND SALLIE
Why is it that cats will squeeze themselves into small spaces and then fall sound asleep? This Suki lookalike is obviously quite comfortable in what looks like a narrow shoe box, but I think it will take a bit of squeezing to fit her head comfortably into the space
|Icon of the Virgin and Child (Russian), drawn by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, October, 2011|
May the peace of God be with us all.