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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.

At the end of the Divine Liturgy, we will pray the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost.

Before each Kneeling Prayer, the priest will say, "On bended knee let us pray to the Lord." What will we be asking from God in these three prayers?

Prayer #1: We ask God to 1) hear us, 2) accept us, 3) forget our sins, 4) purge our sinful thoughts, 4) entrust us to guardian angel, 5) grant us forgiveness; and 6) cleanse us by the Holy Spirit.

Prayer #2: We ask God to teach us how to pray, and what to pray for.

Prayer #3: For our departed loved ones,in which we ask God to: 1) give rest to their souls, 2) place their names in the Book of Life, and 3) forgive their sins.

-Fr Marc Vranes

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