August 4, 2020 - Epep 28, 1736
Departure of St. Mary Magdalene
On this day, St. Mary Magdalene, departed. The Lord Christ cast seven demons out of her, she followed Him, and she served Him during His passion, crucifixion, death, and burial. She came early with the other Mary to the sepulcher, and saw the stone had been rolled back and the angel was sitting on it. When they became frightened the angel told them, Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not her; for He is risen. (Matthew 28:1-7) The savior appeared to her and told her, Go to my brethren, and say to the, I ascend to my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. (John 20-17) She came and told the disciples about the resurrection of the Lord, and after the ascension of the Lord, she remained ministering to the disciples. She received the gifts of the Spirit of Comfort, fulfilling the prophesy of Joel the prophet which said, And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28) This saint preached with the disciples, and brought back many women to the Faith of Christ. The apostles ordained her a deaconess, to teach the women, and to assist in their baptism. She received many insults and humiliation from the Jews, and she departed in peace while she was still ministering unto the disciples. May her prayers be with us and Glory be to God forever. Amen.