Friday, May 2, 2008

Saint Mary of Egypt

Saint Mary of Egypt

Also known as
Maria Aegyptica
Memorial
3 April; 1 April in the Greek Church
Profile
Beautiful, spoiled, cynical, disenchanted, rich child who was the center of her family's pride, and repaid them by running away at age 12. Ran to Alexandria, Egypt where she worked as a dancer, singer, and prostitute for 17 years. Took ship on a pilgrimage to Palestine, hoping to ply her trade among the pilgrims, and then in Jerusalem.

patron saint of penitent women, patron saint of reformed prostitutes, patron saint of sexual temptation

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