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Orthodox icon of Saint Mary of Egypt (2). Contemporary icon.
Commemorated April 1st.
Saint Mary started life as a prostitute. Miraculously she was called into a Church by the Theotokos and was transformed. She spent the rest of her life, around fifty years, alone in the desert. She is honored for her extreme asceticism.
The fifth Sunday of Great Lent is also dedicated to her to remind us about the power of true repentance. The Life of St. Mary of Egypts read during Great Lent along with the Great Canon St.Andrew.
Her life shows us that God's great mercy is available to all of us if we only humble ourselves and seek His mercy.