What Lies Behind the Wall

Mary Magdelene's churchHere I stood at Mount Olive, I could see the structure behind the wall with an onion-shaped golden dome. It’s calling me, and I wanted to visit the place, but it’s not part of our itinerary.

Long after I came back from pilgrimage, I found out what this place is from watching The Passionate Eye’s episodes: The Queens Mother-In-Law. It’s a bizarre documentary of Prince Philips’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, you can view here.

What I find more fascinating is that this is a Church of Mary Magdalene and where Princess Alice is buried.

Having a profound affinity for Mary Magdalene as the first female follower of Jesus and knowing that Princess Alice overcame mental illness, there is much to say about having deep abiding faith and religious belief.

Saint Mary Magdalene, woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love.

You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence, please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy.


31 thoughts on “What Lies Behind the Wall

  1. The teachings of Jesus Christ, misogyny do not exist. Jesus has elevated her not just the first apostle but the only woman that is dear to Jesus. The only woman the Jesus appeared to when he rose from the dead. The first person that communicated to the men apostles that she had seem Him. For that I long to be like Mary Magdalen to see the face of Jesus and lived to tell the story.

  2. I Love Mary Magdalene. She is a beloved woman in the bible. Weird how she seems to be dismissed by men…a harlot, a prostitute…when there is no evidence to support that. “Because her sins were forgiven, she has shown great love”.

    Perpetua, you are a beautiful and talented writer.

  3. All things Mary Magdalene intrigues me. I recommend a great book that has been a favorite of mine, Magdala. It’s by Valerie Gross. She portrays Mary as a spiritual leader, a powerful one. It’s such a good read, it’s always good to look at things from a different view sometimes.

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