MARY MAGDALEN — whose titles include Myrrhbearer, Equal of the Apostles, and Apostle to the Apostles — is not only famed in the New Testament, but also, according to tradition, was a missionary to the Roman province of Gaul, or modern-day France.
Painting of Saint Mary Magdalen, at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
The Saint's missionary journey has not ended, for a major relic of the Magdelen will be visiting Saint Louis. From an article in the Saint Louis Review, here are the locations for public veneration of the Saint:
Thursday, March 21:
• St. Mary Magdalen, 4924 Bancroft Ave. in south St. Louis; 7:50 a.m. candlelight procession carrying the relic into the church, followed by Mass; 9:15 a.m. Chaplet and Litany; 9:30-10:30 a.m. spiritual talk; 11:30 a.m. Mass; 1 p.m. relic departs. Call (314) 352-2111.
• St. Mary Magdalen, 2618 South Brentwood Blvd. in Brentwood; 2 p.m. candlelight procession carrying the relic into the church; 2:15-3 p.m. Confessions, followed by Mass; 4-6 p.m. Confessions; 4:30 p.m. Chaplet and Litany; 5 p.m. Rosary; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament exposed for spiritual talk, followed by 7 p.m. Mass; relic departs at 8 p.m. Call (314) 961-8400.
Friday, March 22:
• St. Dominic Priory, 3407 Lafayette Ave. in St. Louis; 8 a.m. Morning Prayer with preaching; 11 a.m. Mass, with veneration throughout the day; 2 p.m. Rosary or Chaplet to St. Mary Magdalene; 4:30 p.m. Evening Prayer with preaching. Call (314) 678-9427 for more information.