The Faculty Journal of Austin Seminary
Volume 119Number 2
J. Andrew Dearman, Stanley Hall,Timothy Kubatzky, Cynthia Rigby, and Randal Whittington
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“Mary Magdalene Announces the Resurrection,” by Mary Charles McGough, O.S.B.(acrylic on wood, 3' x 4'). Reprinted with permission.
She was by no means the first woman to proclaim good news in the Bible, but Mary Magdalene did get to preach the original Easter sermon. Sadly, many Christians have failed to honor that part of her reputation. (The Greek Orthodox tradition, which claims Mary Magdalene as the first apostle, is a notable exception.) “She was the first one to whom the message was given,” remarks seventy-nine-year-old Sister Mary Charles McGough, acontemporary iconographer who paints in the Byzantine style, “and she was told to tell the boys.” When Sister Mary Charles was commissioned to create this work for the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in San Diego there were few ancient prototypes to draw on; this icon is based on a tiny illuminated manuscript, the only such depiction of Mary Magdalene she could find. For Sister Mary Charles, this scene is inspired by the hope of “women finding their true place in the church.”