Feast of St. Mary Magdalen, July 22
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The woman clearly identified in the New Testament as Mary Magdalen, a Jew and perhaps an epileptic, was a constant companion of Jesus during his ministry in Galilee and was one of his earliest followers. She was also likely affluent enough to be a self-supporting unmarried woman while aiding in the support of Jesus and his small ministry. Loyal to the last, Mary Magdalen witnessed the crucifixion and the interment of Jesus’ body in the tomb; she was also the first recorded witness of the Resurrection. According to John, the resurrected Jesus singles Mary Magdalen out from all the others, charging her alone to bring news of his transcendence over death to his disciples. She went on to counsel others in Jesus’ teachings and inspired many to join her in the Christian faith.