On June 10, 2016, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree (“Apostolorum apostola”), by which, in accordance with the will of the Holy Father, it was established that the liturgical celebration of St. Mary Magdalene, observed on July 22, will be elevated from an obligatory Memorial to the rank of Feast. In its decree, the Congregation indicated that this “decision is situated in the current ecclesial context, which calls upon us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of women, the new evangelization, and the greatness of the mystery of divine mercy.” The Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene should be celebrated beginning on July 22 of this year.
The following changes have been made to the proper texts for this Feast:
· The Gloria is sung or said at Mass.
· The proper readings for Saint Mary Magdalene in the Lectionary for Mass (no. 603) should be proclaimed in place of the readings for the weekday in Ordinary Time.