St. Mary Magdalene’s memorial raised to dignity of a feast
[Will the feasts of other women who ministered to Jesus or were involved otherwise with him (such as the woman at the well or the woman taken in adultery) also be added or elevated?]
Catholic World News – June 10, 2016
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has issued a decree raising the obligatory memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, celebrated on July 22, to the dignity of a feast.
In its decree, dated June 3 and released on June 10, the Congregation has published a new proper Latin preface for the feast that will be translated into other languages.
Vere dignum et iustum est,
æquum et salutáre,
nos te, Pater omnípotens,
cuius non minor est misericórdia quam potéstas,
in ómnibus prædicáre per Christum Dóminum nostrum.
Qui in hortu maniféstus appáruit Maríæ Magdalénæ,
quippe quae eum diléxerat vivéntem,
in cruce víderat moriéntem,
quæsíerat in sepúlcro iacéntem,
ac prima adoráverat a mórtuis resurgéntem,
et eam apostolátus offício coram apóstolis honorávit
ut bonum novæ vitæ núntium
ad mundi fines perveníret.
Unde et nos, Dómine, cum Angelis et Sanctis univérsis
tibi confitémur, in exsultatióne dicéntes …
It is truly right and just,
right and availing
It is we, the Father Almighty ,
whose mercy is no less than the power,
to preach the Gospel in all things , through Christ, our Lord.
And the agony in the resurrection he appeared to Mary Magdalene ,
Indeed, he loved living ,
had seen dying on the cross ,
words and lying in the tomb ,
the first shall rise from the dead , and adored them ,
and her apostolic duties before the apostles honored
good new life message
the world would never reach .
Hence it is , O Lord, with the angels and Saints,
We praise Thee , people with joy , saying …
Feast days, such as the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (May 31) and the Feast of St. Andrew (November 30), have their own proper readings at Mass. On feast days, the Gloria is recited at Mass, as is the Te Deum in the Office of Readings. Feast days rank below the dignity of solemnities, in which there is also a second reading before the Gospel and the Creed is also said at Mass.
The decree states that in our times, the Church is called to a more profound reflection “on the dignity of women, the new evangelization, and the abundance of the mystery of divine mercy,” all of which are manifest in the life of the saint.
Archbishop Arthur Roche, the Congregation’s secretary, said the decree was issued in response to the “expressed desire” of Pope Francis.
It is fitting, the prelate added, that St. Mary Magdalene– described by St. Thomas Aquinas and others as the “apostle of the apostles”– is now commemorated with a liturgical feast, as the apostles are.
Reference: Decreto della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti: la celebrazione di Santa Maria Maddalena elevata al grado di festa nel Calendario Romano Generale (Holy See Press Office)