[[Image:Zosimas and Mary of Egypt.jpg|right|frame|Sts. Zosima and Mary of Egypt]]
among the saints, '''Mary of Egypt''' provides us with a beautiful example of [[ metanoia]] , or conversion. She lived during the sixth century, and passed away in a remarkable manner in 522. The Church celebrates her [[feast day]] on the day of her repose, [[April 1]]; additionally, she is commemorated on the [[Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt]], the sixth Sunday in [[Great Lent]].
She began her life as a young woman who followed the passions of the body . After
a heart-felt [[conversion]] at the doors of a church, she fled into the desert to live as an [[ascetic]]. Towards the end of her life , she met the [[priest]] St. [[Zosima]] in the desert, who learned of her life. He learned that after living in sinful lust for the first seventeen years of her life, Mary was moved by the compassion of the Theotokos to live an ascetic life in the desert. Living off the scarce herbs of the land to satisfy her worldly hunger, Mary grew strong in prayer and belief. It is noted that by the end of her life, she was so strong in belief that she was able to transverse the Jordan River by walking on the water after giving the Sign of the Cross. After her death, he delivered this story to his fellow [[monk]]s. Later, the story of her life was written down by St. Sophronius, [[Patriarch]] of Jerusalem.
The ''Life of St. Mary of Egypt'' is read during Great Lent along with the [[Great Canon]] of St. [[Andrew of Crete|Andrew]].
*[[Life of St. Mary of Egypt]]
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100963 Venerable Mary of Egypt] ([[OCA]])
*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=2 Mary of Egypt] ([[GOARCH]])
*[http://www.orthodox.net/questions/mary_of_egypt_1.html Questions about St. Mary of Egypt]