Book of Saints – Mary Magdalen

Saint Mary Magdalen holy card in which she holds her alabaster jar of oil, from the painting 'Magdalene', by Carlo Dolci, 1665-1670, oil on canvas, Galleria Palatina, Florence, ItalyArticle

(Saint) Penitent (July 22) (1st century) Several passages in the Gospels tell us all that we know for certain of this wonderful Saint, at one time a sinner “possessed by seven devils.” According to the Catholic view expressed by the Church in her Liturgy, Saint Mary Magdalen is one and the same with Mary the Sinner, Mary of Bethany, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, the Magdalen at the Foot of the Cross and at the Tomb, and the first witness to the Resurrection. The Greek tradition is that Saint Magdalen afterwards retired to Ephesus with the Blessed Virgin and Saint John. But Western belief is to the effect that, in company with Martha and Lazarus, she crossed the Sea to Marseilles and aided them in the work of announcing Christ to the people of Provence. The gloomy cavern known as the Sainte-Baume, a great resort of pilgrims, is held to have been inhabited by her during the closing years of her life, and to have been the scene of her death. It is situated on a hill near the little town of Saint Maxime, and is now of comparatively easy access.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Mary Magdalen”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 December 2014. Web. 28 October 2021. <>