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People & History St Mary Magdalene by Piero di Cosimo People & History

Mary Magdalene: apostle to the apostles

“In celebrating her life and ministry, we give thanks for all who follow Mary Magdalene’s seminal example in contributing to the mission of the Church and in proclaiming the resurrection. In particular, we give thanks for all the women who have answered God’s call to be ministers of the Gospel,” says The Rev’d Dr Cathy Laufer, as Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day approaches on 22 July

Christ's Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection (oil on canvas, 1835) by Alexander Ivanov (Russian Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Meeting the Gospel women

“The women, at the most pivotal point in the story of Christian origins, are the faithful witnesses of these climactic events. In the way the Gospel authors frame the narrative, Christianity depends upon the testimony of these faithful women. The Church only exists because of their faithful witness and testimony,” says Dr Maurice Ryan


Bunyan’s progress: a dissenter in our midst

“Confession time: when I was asked to write this anglican focus feature about John Bunyan, I had never read The Pilgrim’s Progress. This has, therefore, been an opportunity to treasure, as Bunyan captures his characters so well that we can easily think of people like them in our own lives and sometimes we see them in the mirror,” says The Rev’d Peter Judge-Mears from the Parish of Wishart, as John Bunyan is commemorated in our Lectionary on 31 August


The Transfiguration of Our Lord

“This painting is a mural behind the High Altar in the Chapel of the Transfiguration at the College in Colombo, Sri Lanka where my husband Karol was educated and where we have worshipped from time to time. With his choice of subdued colours, the artist, David Paynter intentionally seeks to convey this deeply spiritual experience in the life of Jesus,” says Deanna Misso, as the Transfiguration is celebrated on 6 August