The Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

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(Third Sunday of Easter)

Myrrh-Bearing WomenOn the third Sunday of Easter our Church celebrates a special feast in honour of Jesus’ deeply devoted disciples, the Myrrh-Bearing Women.

Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary, the wife of Cleopas, Salome, the mother of James and John, and the sisters Mary and Martha. The Myrrh-Bearing Women followed Jesus from Galilee, where He started His ministry, to Jerusalem and Golgotha.  They were with Jesus during His arrest and crucifixion; they stood by the cross and accompanied Him to His burial.  The women’s love for Jesus knew no fear even in dangerous times, when the men who followed Him denied Him.

For their faith and selfless service, the Myrrh-Bearing Women were chosen to be the first to hear about Christ’s Resurrection.

Early in the morning, on the third day after Jesus’ death, the women brought expensive fragrant oils and myrrh to the tomb.  They came to anoint the Body, as was the ancient tradition.  Instead of the Body of Jesus, they found an angel in the tomb who told them that Christ had risen.  The angel instructed the women to tell the other disciples about Jesus’ Resurrection.

Not much is known about the lives of the Myrrh-Bearers after Christ’s Resurrection.  The sisters Mary and Martha traveled to various lands with their brother Lazarus and proclaimed the Gospel.  They reposed in Cyprus.  Mary Magdalene helped St. Evangelist John to preach the word of Jesus in Asia Minor.  Our Church honours Mary Magdalene as equal-to the Apostles.

The Myrrh-Bearing Women represent all that is good and pure in the Christian faith.  They are examples of true Christian women – selfless, devoted and loving.

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Собор Жен-Мироносиц в Азербайджане,
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Mary Magdalene [′merɪ ˎmӕg dǝ lɪn]
Cleopas [′klɪ: ǝpǝs]
Salome [sǝ′ lͻmɪ ]

Словарь к тексту

myrrh-bearer, n. [məːʳ ˈbeə rəʳ] мироносица
deny, v. [dɪ ˈnaɪ] отрицать, отказываться (от)
selfless, adj. [ˈselflǝs] самоотверженный
oil, n. [ɔɪl] масло
anoint, v. [əˈnoɪnt] мазать, втирать
ancient, adj. [ˈeɪn ʃənt] древний