Easter: April 9th
Historically today is the feast of St. Mary of Clophas, Mother of St.
James the Less and Joseph, wife of Cleophas (or Clopas or Alpheus). She
was one of the "Three Marys," who served Jesus and was present
at the Crucifixion , and accompanied Mary Magdalen to the tomb of Christ.
Tradition reports that she went to Spain as a missionary. Mary reportedly
died at Ciudad Rodrigo. Another tradition states that she went to France
with St. Lazarus and his sisters.
St. Mary of Clophas
"And there were standing by the cross of Jesus His mother and
His mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen." How
should we understand "His mother's sister," literally, as in
having the same parents, or in the same sense that Jesus's
"brothers" are to be understood as close relatives?
The short answer is that Mary of Cleophas is probably the Blessed
Virgin's sister-in-law. Mary of Cleophas may have had a previous husband
named Alpheus, or this Alpheus may have been Cleophas. The Blessed Virgin
Mary, of course, only had one husband (Joseph) and remained a virgin. The
long answer may be found at