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Our Stained Glass Windows - Saint Mary Magdalene

Saint Mary Magdalene, the saint with the bad rap. She could well be the patron saint of the slandered as there has been a persistent legend (with no scriptural basis in the Church) that she was the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus. Gospel accounts do claim that Jesus cleansed her of seven demons, but this does not mean she led an immoral life. Most scriptural scholars today point out that there is no basis for confusing Mary Magdalene with the Mary in Luke 8:2 who cleansed Jesus’ feet and dried them with her hair.

Mary was a follower of Jesus and financially aided him. In the Gospel of Philip, she was referred to as a companion of Jesus and claimed that Jesus loved her more than the other disciples. Mary Magdalene witnessed the crucifixion and burial. She was the first person to see Jesus after the resurrection and was sent by him to go and tell the others. For this reason, she is called the “Apostle to the Apostles”.

Mary is a legendary example of God’s mercy and grace. She is the patron saint of penitent sinners, women, converts, hairdressers and pharmacists.

The window was given in 1986 in memory of Judith Gabriel’s mother Amelia R. (Perkins) Hall, grandfather Enoch Robinson Perkins along with Thomas Perkins Robinson (1817-1922).

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