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MEL GIBSON'S PASSION OF CHRIST
Mary (Maia Morgenstern), left, and Mary Magdalene (Monica Bellucci), right, in a scene from The Passion of The Christ, Mel Gibson's controversial new film about the last twelve hours of Christ's life. Critics charge the film is anti-Semitic and graphically violent. (UPI Photo/Philippe Antonello/Newmarket Films)
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Eastern: container of ointment (as a myrrhbearer), or holding a red egg (symbol of the resurrection); embracing the feet of Christ after the Resurrection

Saint Mary Magdalene or Mary Magdalene is described, both in the canonical New Testament and in the New Testament apocrypha, as a devoted disciple of Jesus. She is considered by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican churches to be a saint, with a feast day of July 22. She is also commemorated by the Lutheran Church with a festival on the same day. The Orthodox Church also commemorates her on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers, which is the second Sunday after Pascha (Easter).

In the New Testament, Mary Magdalene is distinguished from other women named Mary as "of Magdala", a town on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

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