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St. Mary Magdalene is called "Apostle to the Apostles" as she was the first witness to the Risen Christ. The English Reformers had dropped this Feast in the 16th Century, however, Anglicans began to celebrate it during the 20th Century.

At the Mass

The following is taken from:

The Introit

Antiphon: Psalm 119 The ungodly laid wait for me to destroy me: O Lord, I will consider thy testimonies: I see that all come to an end; but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Verse: Ibid Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way: and walk in the law of the Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Repeat the Antiphon The ungodly laid wait ...

The English Gradual: Part II - The Proper Supplemental, Pages 19-20

The Collect

O Almighty God, whose blessed Son did sanctify Mary Magdalene, and call her to be a witness to his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by thy grace we may be healed of all our infirmities, and always serve thee in the power of his endless life; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer (1962), Page 286

The Lesson
Acts 13. 27.

For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, though they found no cause of death in Jesus, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead: and he was seen many days by them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.


The Book of Common Prayer (1962), Pages 286-287

Gradual and Alleluia

Psalm 45 Thou hast loved righteousness: and hated iniquity. Wherefore God, even thy God: hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Psalm 45 Full of grace are thy lips: because God hath blessed thee for ever. Alleluia.

The English Gradual: Part II - The Proper Supplemental, Pages 19-20

The Gospel
St. John 20. 11.

Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.


The Book of Common Prayer (1962), Page 287

The Offertory

Psalm 45 King's daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.

The English Gradual: Part II - The Proper Supplemental, Pages 19-20

The Preface

Upon All Saints’ Day and other Festivals of Saints.

Who in the multitude of thy Saints hast compassed us about with so great a cloud of witnesses, that we, rejoicing in their fellowship, may run with patience the race that is set before us, and together with them may receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away. Therefore with Angels, etc.

The Book of Common Prayer (1962), Page 81

The Communion

Psalm 119 I deal with the thing that is lawful and right, O Lord, let the proud do me no wrong: I hold straight all thy commandments, and all false ways I utterly abhor.

The English Gradual: Part II - The Proper Supplemental, Pages 19-20

At the Offices


Psalm(s): 13, 16
First Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:14–end
Second Lesson: Luke 8:1–3

Morning Prayer

Psalm(s): 5, 6
First Lesson: Isaiah 25:1–9
Second Lesson: John 20:1–10

Evening Prayer

Psalm(s): 62, 63
First Lesson: Zephaniah 3:14–end
Second Lesson: Mark 15:40–end