Our Morning Offering – 22 July – Feast of St Mary of Magdala
The golden dawn is breaking fast,
And Christ is risen from the tomb,
When, Mary, you arrive in haste
With spices to embalm Him dead.
With breathless speed you reach the spot,
To find an angel full of joy,
Who tells you that the One you seek
Has broken all the bonds of death.
But greater happiness is yours,
Reward of love’s fidelity,
As speaking to the gardener,
Behold! It is your smiling Lord.
You shared the Virgin Mother’s woe,
And watched beside the bitter Cross,
You were the first to hear the news
That Christ had risen from the dead.
O fairest flow’r of Magdala,
Aflame with deepest love for Christ,
Enkindle in our hearts that fire
Of charity that counts no cost.
Lord Jesus, grant us too the grace
To imitate such ardent love,
That we may Your great mercy sing
In joy with Magdalen above.