St. Mary Salome was the wife of Zebedee and Mother of Saint John the Apostle, and Saint James the Greater. She may have been a cousin of the Blessed Virgin Mary. One of the “three Marys,” the holy women who ministered to Jesus during his earthly ministry.

Like the Jewish greeting “Shalom” and the Arab “Salaam,” Salome is based on an Aramaic word meaning health and peace. It would be hard to think of a more fitting name for a mother.

In the Gospel of St. Matthew it is written: “Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Him with her sons and did Him homage, wishing to ask Him for something. He said to her, ‘What do you wish?’ She answered Him, ‘Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at Your right and the other at Your left, in Your kingdom.'”

St. Mary Salome was one of the women who followed Jesus and served him, witnessed His Crucifixion and death at Calvary, and who brought spices to anoint him on Easter morning. Legend says that after the Resurrection she went to Veroli, Italy and spent the rest of her life there spreading the Good News.

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