Hymn of Praise - Saint Mary Magdalene
Magalene was shrouded in dark sorrow
Because of the bloody death of the Son of God.
Sorrow from love is most bitter sorrow –
She had neither consolation nor friend in the world.
Her tears were her comfort, and pain was her only friend.
For St. Magdalene, the world was turned to darkness
As a weak human, she sought light,
And Mary groped in the darkness, without hope.
Even His tomb to her was light – but lo! The tomb is empty!
“He has been stolen,” she thought, “naked and unanointed!”
Bitterly she wept, and there was no end to her weeping.
Then she heard the voice of a man beside her:
Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?
“You ask Whom I seek? Do you wish to calm me?
If you have taken His body, tell me where you have put it.”
Jesus looked upon her as she wept and sorrowed
And called to her in a sweet voice: “Mary!”
Light shone forth in Mary’s heart:
O voice now recognized, incomparably sweet,
O voice overflowing with life and power!
With this voice the Lord healed the sick,
With this voice He raised the dead.
O life-giving voice – O wondrous voice!
Mary sprang up and turned around:
“Rabboni!” she cried as the sun rose.
For Mary and for the world, a new Day dawned.