Praise be to Thee, O Christ, Creator, Redeemer, and Saviour,
Of heaven and earth and seas,
of angels and of men,
Whom we confess to be both God and Man,
Who didst come in order to save sinners,
Thyself without sin,
taking the appearance of sin.
Among this poor flock,
Thou didst visit the Chanaanite woman and Mary Magdalen.
From the same table Thou didst nourish
the one with the crumbs of the Divine Word,
the other with Thy inebriating cup.
While Thou art seated at the typical feast in the house of Simon the Leper
The Pharisee murmurs,
while the woman weeps,
conscious of her guilt.
The sinner despises his fellow-sinner,
Thou, sinless one hearest the prayer of the penitent,
cleanses" her from stains,
lovest her so as to make her beautiful.
She embraces the feet of her Lord,
washes them with her tears,
dries them with her hair:
washing and wiping them,
she anoints them with sweet ointment,
and covers them with kisses.
Such, O Wisdom of the Father,
is the banquet that delights Thee!
Though born of a Virgin,
Thou cost not disdain to be touched by a sinful woman.
The Pharisee invited Thee but it is Mary that gives Thee a feast.
Thou forgivest much to her that loves much,
and that falls not again into sin.
From seven devils cost Thou free her by Thy sevenfold Spirit.
To her, when Thou risest from the dead,
Thou showest Thyself first of all.
By her, O Christ.
Thou cost designate the Gentile Church,
the stranger whom Thou callest to the children's table;
Who, at the feast of the Law and at the feast of grace,
is despised by the pride of Pharisees,
and harassed by leprous heresy.
Thou knowest what manner of woman she is,
it is because she is a sinner that she touches Thee,
and because she longs for pardon.
What could she have, poor sick one,
without receiving it, and without the physician assisting her?
O King of kings,
rich unto all,
save us, wash away all the stains of our sins,
O Thou the hope and glory of the saints.
Congratulate me, all ye that love the Lord;
for He whom I sought appeared to me:
and while I wept at the tomb I saw my Lord,
v. When the disciples withdrew,
I did not withdraw,
kindled with the fire of His love,
I burned with desire.
We beseech Thee, O Lord,
that we may be helped by the intercession of blessed Mary Magdalen,
entreated by whose prayers Thou didst raise up
again to life her brother Lazarus,
who had been dead four days.
Thou Who livest and reignest forever.
[Taken from Volume XIII of "The Liturgical Year" by Abbot Gueranger O.S.B. Published by Marian House, Powers Lake, ND, USA, 58773.]