A 22 Day Online Program on Mary Magdalene beginning again on March 22, 2020
Welcome to an 22 day online journey of exploration of one of the most important, but misunderstood, figures of Christianity: Saint Mary Magdalene.
The Biblical texts are very clear that Mary Magdalene was a faithful and devoted disciple of Jesus who stands at the heart of the story of Holy Week. She is named by all the Gospel writers as both a courageous witness to the crucifixion and the first witness to the resurrection, chosen by Christ to deliver his message of hope to his other disciples. Yet over the centuries, the image of Mary Magdalene as the “Apostle to the Apostles” (her first title) was erased and replaced by other images that have no Biblical basis: penitent sinner, prostitute, adulteress. How and why did this happen?
This series will explore Mary Magdalene as she appears in the Biblical stories and how she was confused with other historical figures like Mary of Egypt over time. We will examine Mary Magdalene’s role in other early Christian texts that were rediscovered in Egypt in the 20th century, including texts like The Gospel of Thomas and The Gospel of Philip that were found in Nag Hammadi. Also introduced will be two other Gospels written in her name: The Gospel of Mary and The Gospel of The Beloved Companion. You’ll learn about the extraordinary inspiration Mary Magdalene has offered across time for saints like St. Francis , Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Sienna . You'll discover how she was a muse for poets like Rainier Maria Rilke and artists like Caravaggio, Vermeer and Rodin. Included in the series will be astonishingly beautiful artworks across the centuries, and a discussion of how she has been reimagined in our own time by contemporary painters and authors like Dan Brown in The DaVinci Code and Kathleen McGowan in The Expected One. . We’ll also explore Mary Magdalene from a Jungian Depth Psychology perspective as an archetype of wholeness and integration, a disciple who represents the journey of becoming fully human and spiritually mature. At the end of the 22 day series, you will have a host of contemplative practices to explore, with a set of prayers, images and journaling questions to continue your own spiritual journey.
Included in the series are: - An Image of the Day, drawn from both centuries of great masters and modern masterpieces from new artists - Video and audio links to music from eleven centuries - Stories and pictures of Pilgrimage to Magdalene Sites - A Dictionary of Symbols to help you identify Magdalene in art museums - Lessons in the history of how (and why) her mythology evolved - Questions for journaling and developing a personal relationship - Poetry from such writers as Rainer Maria Rilke about Magdalene - An introduction to the Early Christian gospels and stories of Magdalene that did not make it into the Bible
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Mary Magdalene and the Healing Circle by Sue Ellen Parkinson