There is a long and glorious history of moving musical masterpieces written in honor of Mary Magdalene.
Today's selection is a Renaissance motet by the 16th century Spanish composer Francesco Guerrero. In addition to the celestial harmonies (exquisitely rendered here by the incomparable Tallis Scholars), one of the reason I so like this work is that remains faithful to Mary Mgdalene's actual role in the Bible rather than conflating her (as Pope Gregory's preached in the 6th century) with the Gospel of Luke's anonymous penitent sinner. The text simply recounts her appearance in the Gospel of Matthew as the courageous and loyal disciple offering an act of devotion after witnessing the horrors of the crucifixion . Translated from Latin, the lyrics read:
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary brought spices
so that they might anoint Jesus's body.
And very early on the Sabbath,
they came to the tomb,
just after sunrise. Alleluia.
Entering the tomb,
they saw a young man sitting on the right side
dressed in a white robe,
and they were amazed.
He said to them:
"You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified:
he has risen, he is not here.
Look, there is the place they laid him." Alleluia.
Enjoy, and please add your own favorite musical pieces about Mary Magdalene to the comments section below!