Magda's Name Day

This year Magda's Name day is on 22nd July 2017

Magda is derived from the Hebrew, 'of Magdala'; Magda has a name day of 22nd July and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Madeleine

Saint Madeleine, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Penitents
  • Perfumiers
  • Hairdressers
  • Glovers
  • Contemplatives

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Madeleine has the following symbols associated

  • Fine clothes and loose hair
  • A pot of ointment
  • A skull
  • A vase
  • A crucifix

Historically Famous Magdas

Although there were three beatified Magdalenas and a St Magdalene (or Madeleine), the inspiration for this popular name was, of course, Mary of Magdala. There is great controversy as to whether or not she was the prostitute who anointed Jesus' feet (Luke 7:37-50) and/or Mary of Bethany. What is written of her is that she had 'seven devils', and that after her healing by Jesus she became one of his followers. Not only did she wait at the foot of the Cross with Mary and the other women, but it was she to whom the risen Christ appeared first; it was also to her that the news of the Resurrection was first entrusted. This meant that Mary Magdalene was often known as the 'first Apostle'. In the West, where she was believed to have been both the penitent prostitute and the contemplative Mary of Bethany, she became one of the most loved and revered saints of the Middle Ages.

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Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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