Daily Archives: 28/07/2019

Apostles to the Apostles

By Mike James for the Catholic Standard of Guyana

This last week, on Monday 22 July the Church celebrated the Feast Day of St. Mary Magdalene. While most liturgical celebrations of individual saints during the year are known formally as memorials, those classified as feasts are reserved for important events in Christian history and for saints of particular significance, such as the Twelve Apostles. Three years ago, Pope Francis took the very significant step of raising the celebration of St. Mary Magdalene to that level of significance given to the Apostles. The word apostle comes from the Greek meaning “One who is sent”

Pope Francis´ decree giving Mary Magdalene his great honour was entitled “The Apostle of the Apostles” in recognition of Mary Magdalene’s role as the very first person to witness Christ’s resurrection and as a “true and authentic evangelizer,”