St. Mary Magdalene
Apostle to the Apostles. Mary Magdalene was a disciple of Jesus who accompanied Him and the Twelve on their journeys, providing for them out of her means. Our Lord had cast seven demons out of her (Luke 8:1-3; Matthew 27:55; Mark 15:41, 16:9). Along with our Lady and St. John, Mary Magdalene stood by our Lord during His Crucifixion (John 19:25; Matthew 27:55-56; Mark 15:40). After our Lord was taken down from the Cross, Mary Magdalene accompanied our Lord’s body to its burial (Matthew 27:59-61; Mark 15:45-47). She was one of the first to witness the empty tomb and to encounter our Risen Lord (Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 1:11; John 20: 1-18). Having been sent by our Lord to tell the Apostles about the Resurrection (John 20:17), she is given the title of “Apostle to the Apostles.”
O God, whose Only Begotten Son entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection, grant, we pray, that through her intercession and example we may proclaim the living Christ and come to see him reigning in your glory.