The Feast Day of Mary Magdalene (July 22)

July 22 is the “Feast Day” for Mary Magdalene, so I thought it would be fitting to post various texts from different traditions. Those into “Gnosticism” like to champion Mary as a leader of the movement, but we really have no idea if the historical Mary Magdalene was actually of this mindset. However, gnostic groupsContinue reading “The Feast Day of Mary Magdalene (July 22)”

Mary Magdalene in the “Speculum Sacerdotale” (2 of 2)

Here is the second (and final) part of the Mary Magdalene story from the “Speculum Sacerdotale“. As I have mentioned before, I’m not a professional, so if there are errors, I do apologize. Please keep in mind that the medieval Mary Magdalene would also take on the contributes of other women/Marys of the bible. AndContinue reading “Mary Magdalene in the “Speculum Sacerdotale” (2 of 2)”

Mary Magdalene in the “Speculum Sacerdotale” (1 of 2)

My medieval translations continue, this time from the fifteenth century collection of sermons titled the “Speculum Sacerdotale.” This modernization was a bit more tricky but I think I was able to get the point across, for the most part. I decided to split this up into two different blog posts. Like the Golden Legend, thisContinue reading “Mary Magdalene in the “Speculum Sacerdotale” (1 of 2)”

The Golden Legend of Mary Magdalene (3 of 3)

Here is the final part of my translation of the Golden Legend of Mary Magdalene. This sectionof the story includes her death and some legends relating to her. I found this exercise of modernizing the story to be quite enlightening. I plan on doing more in the future. It happened that a priest, who desiredContinue reading “The Golden Legend of Mary Magdalene (3 of 3)”

The Golden Legend of Mary Magdalene (2 of 3)

Here is the second post regarding my “modern” translation of the “Golden Legend of Mary Magdalene” from the Legenda sanctorum (Readings of the Saints) by Jacobus de Varagine. This section still follows the man and his wife from the previous post, and ends with Mary Magdalene going into solitude. I hope you enjoy this read and beContinue reading “The Golden Legend of Mary Magdalene (2 of 3)”

The Golden Legend of Mary Magdalene (1 of 3)

I’ve heard of the legend of Mary Magdalene arriving in France after the death of Jesus but never did track the story down until recently. This legend comes from the the book titled  Legenda sanctorum (Readings of the Saints) by Jacobus de Varagine and released around 1260 CE-ish. The book is also known by the title,Continue reading “The Golden Legend of Mary Magdalene (1 of 3)”

Prayers to the Holy Mary Magdalene

Today, July 22, is the Catholic Feast Day of Mary Magdalene. While I’m not Catholic, I have no issue celebrating Mary Magdalene. Here is a prayer involving Mary which is from the book “A Manual for the Gnostic: Doctrines, Prayers, & Practices of the Gnostic Church” issued by the L’Eglise Gnostique Apostolique of North America. OContinue reading “Prayers to the Holy Mary Magdalene”

“The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene)” – animated

To go with the video I posted the other day, this animated video is of “The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene).” The Gnostic texts have quite a bit of material related to various feminine aspects (Sophia being the most spoken of). However, Mary Magdalene is a very prominent character in the texts. She is greatly featuredContinue reading ““The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene)” – animated”