Catholic Saints

Saint Mary of Egypt

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Mary of Egypt
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Mary of Egypt
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  • Date of Birth and Death
  • Important Dates surrounding the life of Saint Mary of Egypt
  • Life History, Story, Biography, Myths and Legends
  • Description / Title of the Saint : Patron Saint of penitent women

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  • Memorial Day / Feast Day of Saint Mary of Egypt: April 9
  • Description / Title of the Saint : Patron Saint of penitent women
  • Date of Death: Saint Mary of Egypt died c421

The Story and History of Saint Mary of Egypt
The story and history of Saint Mary of Egypt. At the tender age of twelve, Mary left her father's house that she might sin without restraint, and for seventeen years she lived in shame at Alexandria.

Then she accompanied a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and entangled many in grievous sin. She was in that city on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and went with the crowd to the church which contained the precious wood. The rest entered and adored; but Mary was invisibly held back. In that instant her misery and pollution burst upon her. Turning to the Immaculate Mother, whose picture faced her in the porch, she vowed thenceforth to do penance if she might enter and stand like Magdalen beside the Cross. Then she entered in. As she knelt before Our Lady on leaving the church, a voice came to her which said, "Pass over Jordan, and thou shalt find rest." She went into the wilderness, and there, in 420, forty-seven years after, the Abbot Zosimus met her. She told him that for seventeen years the old songs and scenes had haunted her; ever since, she had had perfect peace. At her request he brought her on Holy Thursday the sacred body of Christ. She bade him return again after a year, and this time he found her corpse upon the sand, with an inscription sayings "Bury here the body of Mary the sinner."

Feast Day of Saint Mary of Egypt
The Feast Day of Saint Mary of Egypt is April 9. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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