The late Pope Benedict XVI said: ‘The Gospels […] tell us that the women, unlike the Twelve, did not abandon Jesus in the hour of his Passion. Among them, Mary Magdalene stands out in particular. Not only was she present at the Passion, but she was also the first witness and herald of the Risen One. It was precisely to Mary Magdalene that St Thomas Aquinas reserved the special title, “Apostle of the Apostles” (apostolorum apostola), dedicating to her this beautiful comment: “Just as a woman had announced the words of death to the first man, so also a woman was the first to announce to the Apostles the words of life”’.

Fra Angelico’s image of the saints shows us her gravitas, but also her integrity, and the light that shines in her and from her. May we, too be unafraid of standing by Our Lord; may St Mary Magdalene pray for us, and may God bless you this day.