Saint Martha of Bethany

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Martha; designed by Comper, c.1905-7; east window, All Saints' Convent chapel, Oxford, England; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Father Lawrence Lew, OPAlso known as

  • Wonder Worker of Southern Gaul

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Sister of Saint Lazarus and Saint Mary of Bethany. Friend of Jesus, and hostess to him in her house. May have been part of an early mission to France.

Died

  • c.80 of natural causes

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Martha and Mary were sisters, related not only by blood but also by religious aspirations. They stayed close to our Lord and both served him harmoniously when he was among them. Martha welcomed him as travelers are welcomed. But in her case, the maidservant received her Lord, the creature her Creator, to serve him bodily food while she was to be fed by the Spirit. No one of you should say, “Blessed are they who have deserved to receive Christ into their homes!” Do not grieve or complain that you were born in a time when you can no longer see God in the flesh. He did not in fact take this privilege from you. As he says, “Whatever you have done to the least of my brothers, you did to me.” – from a sermon by Saint Augustine

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Martha of Bethany“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 March 2015. Web. 5 May 2015. <>