Saint Mary Magdalene, Protectress of the Order

From the Golden Legend (Blessed Jacob of Voragine, O.P.)

“And all who heard her were in admiration at her beauty, her eloquence, and the sweetness of her message…and no wonder, that the mouth which had pressed such pious and beautiful kisses on the Savior’s feet should breathe forth the perfume of the word of God more profusely than others could.” (Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend, Readings on the Saints, William Granger Ryan translator, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991, 1:376-77).
The Signadou first appeared to St. Dominic on the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, July 22, 1206.
1297 – The General Chapter in Venice declared Mary of Magdala Protectress of the Order.
St. Catherine of Siena extols the humility and penance of Saint Mary Magdalene. In a vision the Blessed Mother gave St. Catherine Mary Magdalene as a second mother.

In a 16th century source St. Dominic is said to have appeared with Mary Magdalene to Charles II.
Servant of God Jean-Joseph Lataste, O.P. (1832-1869) venerated a relic of St. Mary Magdalene as a novice, and realized that the greatest sinners could become the greatest saints. He founded Bethany House at Cadillac prison.
Lacordaire’s Life of Mary Magdalene treats of the themes of spiritual friendship; Mary, Martha, Lazarus as friends of the Lord; the tears of conversion and penance; tears capable of ransoming a life.

Important relics of St. Mary Magdalene are venerated at the Dominican shrine of la Sainte Baume in France.

In this first of a series of videos Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. explains why Mary Magdalene was chosen as a patroness of the Dominican Order.