Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
Today, July 22, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene. This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today. I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.
Saint Mary Magdalene is the one the Lord rescued from the power of seven demons and she provided for Him out of her means (Luke 8:2-3). Christians have traditionally connected her with the unnamed penitent woman who was forgiven much by faith and thus loved much by anointing Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:36-50). She was there at Christ’s death, present at His burial, and honored as the first witness of His resurrection. She would have clung to Him there in the garden, but the Lord had not yet ascended to His Father and our Father (John 20:16-18) to fill all things (Ephesians 4:10).
The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia. Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord.’ Alleluia.” It is from John 20:18. The focus for your devotion this day is that the resurrection of Jesus our Lord was first witnessed by Saint Mary Magdalene and then by more than five hundred brothers and sisters and that they proceeded to proclaim that Good News to others.
Old Testament: Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm: Psalm 73:23-28 (antiphon: v. 1)
Second Reading: Acts 13:26-31
Holy Gospel: John 20:1-2, 10-18
The hymn appointed for this day is “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds” as found on page 465 in the Lutheran Service Book. You may hear the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpArZ_eAMqM
Collect of the Day:
Almighty God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, restored Mary Magdalene to health and called her to be the first witness of His resurrection. Heal us from all our infirmities, and call us to know You in the power of Your Son’s unending life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Pastor Jim Tuell