Patron of penitents, the Desert Mother Saint Mary of Egypt, spent her early life as a woman consumed by her demons. Given to promiscuous sex, she refused the money offered her for her services, being driven by an "insatiable and irrepressible passion". She travelled from Alexandria to Jerusalem on an 'anti-pilgrimage' - thinking she could pervert the Christian pilgrims and profit from their desires. She was successful at first, and lived for a short time in the Holy City. However, upon trying to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, she felt an invisible force bar her entrance. In her frustration she realized her restless soul was her own impediment, and seeing an icon of the Theotokos, the Holy Mother of God, she called out for forgiveness and promised to retire from the world. Feeling the spirit of God enter her, she entered the Church and gave reverence to the True Cross. Upon leaving the church, the same icon of the Virgin Mary called out to her, "Cross the Jordan, and you will find peace". Traveling to the Church of John the Baptist, she received absolution and Holy Communion, then crossed the Jordan River, carrying only three loaves of bread with her into the desert. Living only off what she could find in the desert, Mary the Egyptian lived a life of clarity and oneness, a living Saint and Desert Mother. A year before her death, she met a fellow Christian who clothed her nakedness in his black mantle, and she told him her story. She implored him to meet her on Holy Thursday the following year to give her Holy Communion. Meeting her wishes, when he met with her, she came to him by walking across the Jordan River itself. Receiving communion, she went back into the wilderness of the desert, asking him to return at Lent the next year. The following year he found her lying dead on the sand, incorruptible. He buried her body with the help of "a passing lion", whom oral tradition holds as a companion and fellow convert; for as she tamed the Beast within, so she tamed the Beast without. Her guidance and intercession are sought during the Great Fast of Lent, and at other times to curb the passions that vex our true nature. A guiding force of true self-understanding, Saint Mary of Egypt hears the prayers of all who come to her.
Penitent wonderful, self-tormentor,
Oh yes, sinful me, by passion, darkened.
Passions are beasts which eat at our heart,
In us as serpents, secretly they weave a nest,
Oh yes, sinful me, by passion consumed!
Hearken to the cry of Mary, of all, the most-sinful!
Her darkened soul He whitened as snow.
Filled it to overflowing with Your grace -
And Mary became radiant with the Spirit
As an angel of God, by strength girded,
By Your power, O Christ Mercy, Most pure!
What smells so in the awesome wilderness,
As beautiful incense in a chest of the temple?
That, Mary breathes - With holiness, she exudes!
-Orthodox Hymn to Saint Mary of Egypt
The oil was made on her Feast Days of April 1st and 3rd, and a novena offered for the successful completion of the sacramental. The oil is comprised, in part, of:
Dirt from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem ✠ Oil of Golgotha ✠ Linen ✠ Desert Sand ✠ Black Cloth ✠ Locusts ✠ Honey ✠ Dates ✠ Aloeswood ✠ Lion ✠ Al Oudh Oil
among several of other ingredients...
Oils made for this Saint can be used to grant new vantage, to overcome seemingly impossible limitations, to find one's true calling, to find stability and grounding, to curb undesirable passions, to focus and strengthen the mind or will, develop holy clairvoyance, and to give motivation and inspiration through clarity. She has a special reputation for giving self-understanding to her petitioners, and for aiding and protecting women, the marginalized, and those who have worked or still work in the sex industry. Those with particular devotion to the Saint may choose to use it to annoint objects on her shrine or to anoint candles in her honor, and likewise the oil lends itself to left hand and syncretic expressions as well.
All vegetal, mineral and animal ingredients are legally obtained. Instructions and information will be provided on a cloth scroll.
Price is for one half ounce bottle of the Oil of Saint Mary of Egypt. If you are interested in greater amounts, please contact us.
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