Book of Saints – Mary of Egypt

painting of Saint Mary of Egypt by Jose de Ribera, 1651, Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri, Naples, Italy; swiped off the Wikipedia web siteArticle

(Saint) (April 2) (5th century) It was the custom in the East to read over publicly during the Divine Office the Life of this holy penitent. The fact of her career of infamy at Alexandria, followed by her conversion at the threshold of the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem, and her subsequent retreat into the desert for a lifelong penance, were familiar to every Greek Christian. In her solitude she was at length discovered by the priest Zozimus, who prepared her for death. She is supposed to have passed away about A.D. 421, and her relics were shared among many principal churches both in the East and in the West. Some authors date Saint Mary of Egypt a century later; but though the Greek legend cannot be fully trusted, the arguments in favour of the date it gives seem to preponderate.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Mary of Egypt”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 December 2014. Web. 23 November 2017. <>