Niece of Saint Abraham Kidunaia. She lived for 20 years as an anchoress near Abraham‘s cell. In a moment of weakness, she was seduced by a renegade monk who had turned from his vows. Mary despaired of forgiveness for her lapse, and in her shame, moved far away and gave herself over to a wild, dissolute, and sexually active life. Saint Abraham only left his hermit‘s cell twice – the second being to visit Mary in the guise of a soldier. Like so many others, Mary picked him up and took him home. There, over supper, Abraham convinced her of the error of her ways. She converted and returned to the life of an anchoress, spending the rest of her days in prayer.
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- “Saint Mary of Edessa“. Saints.SQPN.com. 22 August 2013. Web. 7 December 2013. <>