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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.

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At the beginning of new liturgical year, it is important to recall that for centuries the normal events of everyday routine life were often seen in relationship to the rhythm of the church year.  A significant purchase, a life changing event, or even some type of personal achievement was seen as having fallen on a particular feast day, or on the day the church celebrates the memory of a known saint.

This manner of living stood the test of time for nearly two millennium.

Sadly however, the past practice of remembering the events of our life according to the liturgical calendar has faded away. What for 2,000 years was a pious Christian custom, that strengthened our belief in the church and union with Christ, is not frequently adhered to.  

Our life as presently constructed often seems monotonous, boring, and without meaning and substance. We come to church, yet we remain lukewarm (at best); insensitive (frequently); and disinterested (most often). We can live out our lives as Christians, yet still live drab and despondent existences.

The only thing which can save us is a return to God. The church gives us the new liturgical year for this. If we believe, convert our hearts, and ask for God’s grace, he will be present in our lives.

There is no life God. Restoring our life to God, in the everyday events of human life, is a way to return to God.  

- Fr Marc Vranes

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