Coincidentally, my first name is also Mary.
I am Mary Susan, though I have always been know by my middle name.
My mother’s name is Mary Patricia, my grandmother Mary Margaret, and my cousin’s daughter who is named Mary Margaret after our grandmother goes by the name Maggie.
There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary. – The Gospel of Philip
Today is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, long considered to be either a prostitute or “reformed” prostitute and therefore the subject of special devotion by many Catholic (and Orthodox, and Anglican, and Lutheran) whores. As I have explained before, there is no canonical evidence for this; the idea seems to date to a sermon delivered in 591 by Pope Gregory the Great, in which she was identified as a repentant harlot (possibly by identification with the “adulterous woman” whom Jesus rescues from being stoned in the 8th chapter of John). But the four canonical Gospels are not the only ones:
…among those used by Gnostic…
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