22 July – Saint Mary Magdalene

Biblical Texts

Anointing in Bethany

Luke 7 

John 11 

Luke 8


Mark 15 

Matthew 27 

John 19 


Mark 16

Matthew 28 

John 20 

Modern Hagiography

Roman Martyrology

Sanctorale Catholicum

Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler.

Lives of the Saints by Francis Weninger.

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger.

Character Calendar  

Pictorial Lives of the Saints 

La vie des saints 

Our Birthday Bouquet Culled from the Shrines of the Saints and the Gardens of the Poets by Eleanor C. Donnelly.

Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints by Auguste François Lecanu.

Miniature Lives Of The Saints For Every Day In The Year by Henry Sebastian Bowden.

Short Lives of the Dominican Saints 

Stories of the Saints Third Series by Mary Seymour.

“Mary Magdalene” by George MacDonald.

“Magdalene in the Desert” by Aubrey Devere.

“St. Mary Magdalene” by Matthew Russell.

“Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary” by Christina Rossetti.

“Divine and Human Pleading” by Christina Rossetti.

“Saint Mary Magdalene” by Frederick William Faber.

Medieval Hagiography

BHL, Supplement 

Hymn by St. Odo of Cluny 

“Mary of Magdala” by Hildegard von Bingen (poem currently visible in this preview)

The Golden Legend (and illustrations)

14C Italian Life of Mary Magdalene 

“Mary Magdalene’s Complaint at Christ’s Death” by Saint Robert Southwell.

Hymn by Saint Robert Bellarmine 

Art & Architecture

Fresco Cycle by Giotto in the Magdalene Chapel in the Lower Church in Assisi

Mary Magdalene by Titian

Penitent Mary Magdalene by Titian (another)

Penitent Mary Magdalene by El Greco (another)

Penitent Mary Magdalene by Guido Reni

Repentant Mary Magdalene by Georges de la Tour

Martha and Mary Magdalene by Caravaggio

The Feast in the House of Simon the Pharisee by Veronese, Giovanni da Milano, Fragment

Noli me tangere12C Ivory, Giotto, Giotto, Fra Angelico, Tilman Riemenschneider, Correggio, Bronzino, Pontormo, Titian, Bernini, Rubens, Claude Lorrain

Mary Magdalene with Two Angels by Tilman Riemenschneider (color)


Warburg Institute Iconographic Database 

Guide to Christian Iconography: Images, Symbols, and Texts 

Kornbluth Photography Historical Archive 

Medieval Religion Listserv – 2016 Dillon.

A gallery of photos accompanying the Wikipedia entry on Mary Magdalene (click on the first image to start)

Mary Magdalene as Melancholy (online exhibition)

Artemsia’s Magdalene in Ecstasy (online exhibition, mature content)

Mary Magdalene at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Sacred and Legendary Art volume I by Mrs. Jameson.

A Handbook of Christian Symbols and Stories of the Saints as Illustrated in Art by Clara Erskine Clement.

A Garner of Saints: Being a Collection of the Legends and Emblems Usually Represented in Art by Allen Hinds.

Lives and Legends of the Evangelists, Apostles, and Other Early Saints by Mrs. Arthur Bell.

The Saints in Art with Their Attributes and Symbols, Alphabetically Arranged by Margaret E. Tabor.

Saints and their Symbols: A Companion in the Churches and Picture Galleries of Europe by E. A. Greene.

The Saints in Art by Joseph Maria von Radowitz.

Emblems of Saints by Which They Are Distinguished in Works of Art by F. C. Husenbeth.

Sacred Symbols in Art by Elizabeth Edwards Goldsmith.


Medieval Music Database

Hymns of the Breviary 

Songs for Catholic Schools


In Our Time Radio Show

Customs & Devotions

Manna for the Soul: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Paulo Segneri.

Heortology: A History Of The Christian Festivals From Their Origin To The Present Day by Heinrich Kellner.

Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon.

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays

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