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Saint Mary of Egypt
Birth: unknown
Death: unknown

Roman Catholic and Orthodox Saint. Born in Egypt in the 4th century, she was said to have been a dancer and a highly promiscuous woman in Alexandria, although some accounts call her a prostitute. In her late 20s, she joined a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, stating that she paid for her passage by offering sexual favors to other pilgrims. According to her “Vita” as recorded by ecclesiastical scholars, at the doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, she had an epiphany and became remorseful of her impure life. She then prayed for forgiveness, promising to give up the world in repentance. She then traveled to the monastery of St. John the Baptist on the bank of the Jordan River, where she received absolution. The following day, taking only three loaves of bread, she crossed the Jordan and retreated into the desert to live the rest of her life as a hermit. After more than 40 years alone, she was found by a priest, Zosimas, who discovered her naked and emaciated. She asked Zosimas for his mantle to cover herself with, and told him her story. She reportedly asked that he meet her a year hence and give her communion, which he did. At their next meeting, however, he found her dead. Legend has it that he buried her on the banks of the Jordan with the aid of a lion. The Greek church celebrates her feast on 1 April, while the Roman Martyrology assigns it to 2 April, and the Roman Calendar of Saints to 3 April. She is regarded as the patron of chastity; deliverance from demons; and temptations of the flesh. In iconic art, she is often depicted as a sun browned, emaciated old woman, with unkempt hair, who is either naked or covered by the borrowed mantle. She is often shown with three loaves of bread. Her relics have been distributed through many churches, and have been venerated at Rome, Naples, Cremona, Antwerp, and Croatia, among others. She is also known as Maria Aegyptica. (bio by: Iola) 
Saint Blaise Church
Grad Vodnjan
Istarska, Croatia
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Record added: Jun 27, 2003
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Saint Mary of Egypt
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