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Why is our Flat Martha pictured with a dragon?



Celebrating this year's Lent Madness winner, Martha of Bethany! 

How to participate: take your Flat Martha along with you this summer and take LOTS of pictures of her and with her.  Email photos to tchaplin@verizon.net or text to 703-969-7159. 

Pictures will be posted on a shutterfly website and displayed in the Simpson Room.  We'll vote on the most popular Flat Martha picture at the end of the summer, and the winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.  Along the way we'll have flash contests with prizes that Martha would stamp her approval on.    

 Why is our Flat Martha pictured with a dragon?
  Read on to find out .....

She's the patron saint of cooks, butlers, dietitians, laundry workers, hotel-keepers, maids, servants & servers, and travelers, among others.  So Martha will be happy in your kitchen, at a restaurant or on the road as you travel to your vacation spot this summer.  Please show Martha how to have a good time and not work so hard!

Life Story: Martha is often considered a good friend of Jesus. She appears three times in the Gospels. Once, Jesus and the Apostles are visiting her and her sister’s house. While she is rushing around cooking for everyone, her sister Mary is listening at the feet of Jesus. This event is linked to one of her other appearances, where a woman (sometimes Mary, sometimes unnamed) anoints the feet of Jesus while he is visiting her. The Gospel of John suggests that these two events may have happened at the same time. Her last appearance in the Gospels is when she confronts Jesus about her brother Lazarus’ death. According to the Golden Legend, after Jesus’ death Martha and her siblings moved to Avignon, France. After this Martha alone moved to Tarascon, France where she tamed a dragon (she named him Tarragon). According to a legend from Villajoyosa, Spain, in 1538, she caused a flood that destroyed a band of pirates that were attacking the town. 

 *Other Information about Martha*

St. Martha is known as one of the magical saints, especially when depicted with her dragon. In this aspect she protects against evil and bad bosses.

She is often honored on Tuesdays.

Symbols: broom, bottle/jar, dragon, keys

Her relics are kept at the Collegiate Church at Tarascon in France.

Feast Day: July 29  

 Collect for Martha of Bethany

O God, heavenly Father, your Son Jesus Christ enjoyed rest and refreshment in the home of Mary and Martha of Bethany: Give us the will to love you, open our hearts to hear you, and strengthen our hands to serve you in others for his sake; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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