The story of Mary Magdalene
According to the Christian religion, Mary Magdalene (also known as Mary of Magdala) is one of the disciples of Jesus Christ. Originally from the city of Magdala, in the region of Galilee in Israel, Mary Magdalene would have been delivered from seven demons by Jesus, and would have become one of his disciples as a symbol of her eternal gratitude. Central witness to the Passion of Christ (events that preceded, accompanied and led to the death of Jesus of Nazareth), Mary Magdalene would have first witnessed the Resurrection of Christ three days after the crucifixion. She was asked to bear the apostles the news, a testimony which gave her the name of “apostle of the Apostles”.
The character of Mary Magdalene is present in the Gospels of Luke, Mark, John and Peter. She is often portrayed as a prostitute, although there is no evidence for this. Luke said she was a sinner (Gospel of Luke 7:37), but the term prostitute is not used in the Bible. Saint Luke also presents her as a rich woman who supports Jesus Christ with her money.
As a strong figure of friendship and love, Holy Mary Magdalene embodies repentance and trust. The friendship she has for the Christ is deep, so much so that the two characters are often considered as “married in spirit”. More recent theories even affirm that the spouses would have had children together, but this vision of the religion is not recognized by the Church.
When she was expelled from her land during the persecution of Christians in Palestine, Mary Magdalene would have embarked on a makeshift ship which arrived on the Provençal coasts of southern France. The apostles who accompanied her and herself became the first evangelizers of Provence.