Tuesday, May 24, 2022

‘Mother and Child’


Who knows a man better than his mother,

Who carries him nine months in the womb?


Who, then, knows the West better than do you,

Saint Mary Magdalene, blessed disciple


Of our Lord, Equal of His Apostles –

The first to proclaim the good tidings


Of the Resurrection to the Twelve?

Early you carried the Christian Gospel


To the West, into Italy, unto Rome;

Before Emperor Tiberius himself,


Presenting him a red-dyed egg to explain

Christ’s conquering of death.  There you toiled,


Laying the foundation for the Apostle Paul,

Departing thence to Ephesus of the Greeks


After his arrival, where you rested

From your labors in the company


Of John, the Belovèd Disciple of the Lord.

Faithful to Christ Jesus in your earthly


Sojourn, even at the darkest moment

Of His Crucifixion, do not abandon


The unfaithful peoples of the West,

Lost in the bleakness of unbelief.


You who were set free from seven demons,

Liberate us from their oppressions.


Christ appeared first to you on the Third Day;

Reveal Him anew to our desolated souls.


However rebellious he may be,

A child can never be separated


Fully from his mother – he whose body

Was nourished by her blood and with her milk.


And the tie of baptism, binding us to you,

Is stronger far than the natural bond.


But centuries of apostasy have buried

The memory of you.  By your prayers,


Through your relics, with the Grace of God

That flows within you, scatter the refuse


Of our foolish thinking and our demented

Acting, that the children of the Romans


May dwell once again in the habitations

Of holiness with thee, our glorious mother.



For an account of St Mary’s life:



Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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