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Saint Mary of Magdala

Saint Mary of Magdela is far more than just one of the Myrrhbearing Women the church remembers on the Third Sunday of Pascha; her life is of such great magnitude that it is referred to as the Primacy of Mary. That Mary of Magdala is venerated in the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, several Protestant churches, and even in the Baha’i Faith tradition, speaks of her prominence.

When reading the lives of the saints, it is easy to discern their love for Christ. This passion for the risen Lord led them to participate in his ministry, through acts of service, rooted in kindness. Any service to the church, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, from reading the epistle, to singing, to serving, to even vacuuming the church or lighting candles, is a active ministry, full of grace, only if it is carried out in love, sacrifice, devotion, and steadfastness.

This is the life of the saint; this is a life which is well pleasing to God. Let each one of us emulate this life.

Fr Marc Vranes
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