This design, donated to the monastery by a friend, is an iconographic drawing of St. Mary Magdalene, the Myrrhbearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles. Her feast day is July 22, although she is also commemorated in the Orthodox Church on Myrrhbearers Sunday, the second Sunday after Pascha each year.
Although the Orthodox Church has never identified her with the unnamed "woman who was a sinner" in St. Luke's Gospel (Luke 7:37-50), Luke does tell us that Jesus had healed her of "seven devils." She was one of the women who followed and ministered to Him in Galilee (Luke 8:1-2). She was present at His crucifixion; with two others she went to His tomb and found it empty. St. Mar tells us (16:9) that the risen Christ appeared to her first, and St. John tells us further that the Master gave her the message of His resurrection to deliver to the brethren. (20:11-18)
Next to the Theotokos, she is known as the Lord's chief disciple among women, and her association with the Resurrection has led to many stories, including the one in which she goes to Pilate to tell him, also, of the Resurrection, and the egg she carries as a symbol of life becomes red in her hand -- the archetype of our Easter egg!
The reverse of this card reads: "St. Mary Magdalene, true disciple of the Crucified and Risen Lord, pray that He may grant peace and great mercy to our souls."
Available as Note Folders, with saying on the inside of the front cover, in dozens and half-dozens.
4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
or as Bookmarks with the saying on the reverse.
3 1/8" X 4 1/8"
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