He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that we cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. - Aeschylus

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Praying with Icons: St. Mary Magdalen

Pray for us, St. Mary of Magdala, that we might
follow Christ as you did after having been freed
of the demons which haunted you, finding light
as we venture out of the darkness of sin to read
the Word of God as He writes it in His son's life.

Pray for us, Apostle to the Apostles, that we of
little faith might be strengthened by His Grace
so that we might follow, Him, the Son of Love
who gave His life for us, unto the Holy Cross,
standing with Christ even to the hour of death.

Lord, we ask that like Mary of Magdala, we be
granted the grace of bearing witness to Christ's
glorious resurrection from the dead and that we
might be able to walk with her humbly Christ's
way of suffering which purifies our sinful souls.

Note: The above is a picture I took of an icon of St. Mary Magdalen which I purchased for a friend from bostonmonks.com, the online store for the Holy Transfiguration Monastery.

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