Saturday, June 11, 2016
I've discovered a new hero over the past few days: the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Arthur Roche. Below is a picture of him delivering a delightful catechesis on the Good Samaritan this morning in the Church of San Salvatore in Lauro, as part of the Jubilee celebrations for persons with disabilities. And yesterday, his office announced the raising the celebration of the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to the dignity of a liturgical Feast, recognizing the importance of her role as the “apostle to the apostles.” In his announcement, Archbishop Roche wrote:
Saint Mary Magdalene is an example of true and authentic evangelization; she is an evangelist who announces the joyful central message of Easter.”
“The Holy Father Francis took this decision precisely in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy to signify the importance of this woman who showed a great love for Christ and was much loved by Christ,” writes Archbishop Roche.
He also notes Saint Mary Magdalene was referred to as the “Apostle of the Apostles” (Apostolorum Apostola) by Thomas Aquinas, since she announced to them the Resurrection, and they, in turn, announced it to the whole world.
“Therefore it is right that the liturgical celebration of this woman has the same grade of feast given to the celebration of the apostles in the General Roman Calendar, and shines a light on the special mission of this woman, who is an example and model for every woman in the Church.”