The Cloisters. Basilica Of Saint Paul-Without-The-Walls, Rome. Author: Dnalor 01. Licence (CC-BY-SA 3.0). Wikimedia Commons.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Saint Mary Magdalen. Penitent. Apostle To The Apostles. Magnificat Antiphon: Inclita Sancte Marie Magdalene (Sarum Plainchant). Feast Day 22 July.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Saint Mary Magdalen.
   Feast Day 22 July.


White Vestments.

English: Mary Magdalene, kneeling, distraught,
within a Stabat Mater scene, by Gabriel Wuger, 1868.
Deutsch: Entstanden 1868 in Rom für Kardinal von Mecheln, von Abt Maurus Wolter
für Beuron erworben, dort bis in die 1960er Jahre in der Klosterkirche, jetzt im Konvent.
Artist: Gabriel Wüger (1829–1892).
Date: 1868.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Zephyrinus wishes a Happy Patronal Feast Day 
to Fr. Ray Blake and his Parishioners
at Saint Mary Magdalen, Brighton, Sussex.

Why not visit his Blog,
and wish Fr. Blake and all his Parishioners
a Very Happy Patronal Feast Day ?

Saint Mary Magdalene.
Available on YouTube at

When He gave the Holy Ghost to the Apostles, Jesus had told them to remit sins, as He had done, and, today, the Liturgy recalls the ever-memorable example of the Saviour's mercy towards repentant sinners.

Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, was of Madala, in Galilee, whence her name of Madalen. She was a sinner.

Touched by Grace, she threw herself at the feet of the Saviour. Simon the Pharisee, scandalised, would have repelled her, like the haughty men mentioned by the Prophet, Isaias, who says: "Away from me, approach me not, for I am pure [Eighth Lesson at Matins]."

The Magnificat Antiphon;

"Inclita Sancte Marie Magdalene"
(Sarum Plainchant).
The Choir Of Magdalen College, Oxford.
Available on YouTube at

Jesus, on the contrary, "defends her against the calumnies of the proud" (Communion). Admiring the work of Divine Grace in this Soul "henceforth attentive to His commandments, whilst sinful men would still have her fall into sin" (Introit), He mercifully "accepts the offer of her service" (Secret), and secures to her for ever a place of honour in His Royal Court (Offertory).

Repentance has transformed her love. "Because she had loved much, many sins are forgiven her" (Gospel). Indeed, it was at her Prayer that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (Collect). And when, after the Crucifixion of Jesus, at which she was present in greatest sorrow and weariness, she seeks, like the spouse in the Canticle (Epistle), where they have laid her Divine Lord; Christ calls her by name and commands her to announce His Resurrection to the Disciples. Wherefore, the Creed is recited on this day as in The Masses of The Apostles.

"Alma Redemptoris Mater",
from "Ave Maria: Gregorian Chant".

Sarum Plainchant.

Avialable on YouTube at

Following the example of Magdalen, which, according to the Fathers, represents the service of the Church towards Jesus, let us, in a spirit of love and repentance, pour out the treasure of our praises to Jesus, present in the Holy Eucharist (Secret); let us surround Him on the Altar, in a spirit of Faith, which does not fear the Pharisaic scandal, with all the splendour which becomes the House of God.


Zephyrinus warmly commends the following Article, on The Feast Day of Saint Mary Magdalen, Apostle To The Apostles, to all Readers.

It can be found at CRISIS MAGAZINE


"Saint Mary Magdalene" by Ben Aker.
“How beautiful […] are the feet of Him who brings The Gospel.”
Isaiah 52:7.

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