- The Holy Myrhh-Bearer Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene followed after the Lord, when He went with the Apostles through the cities and villages of Judea andMessage 1 of 1 , Aug 4, 2003View Source
The Holy Myrhh-Bearer Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene followed after the Lord, when He went with the Apostles through the cities and villages of Judea and Galilee preaching about the Kingdom of God. Together with the pious women -- Joanna, wife of Khuza (steward of Herod), Susanna and others, she served Him from her own possessions (Lk 8:1-3) and shared with the Apostles the evangelic tasks, in common with the other women. She was faithful to Him not only in the days of His Glory, but also at the moment of His Extreme Humility. She stood by the Cross, was present at the Burial of the Lord and announced our Lord's Resurrection to the Apostles..
Holy Tradition testifies, that when the Apostles departed from Jerusalem to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, St. Mary Magdalene also went to preach. She went beyond her native borders and set off to preach in pagan Rome. And everywhere she proclaimed to people about our Saviour and His Teaching, and when many did not believe that Christ is risen, she repeated to them what she had said to the Apostles on the radiant morning of the Resurrection: I have seen the Lord! In Rome St. Mary Magdalene visited the Emperor Tiberias (14-37 AD). She told him of the unjust trial and sentence imposed by Pontius Pilate.
In those times, people coming to see the emperor were supposed to bring him a present. Wealthy people used to bring jewelry, and poor people, what they could afford. Therefore, St. Mary Magdalene, once a noble and rich woman, who then lost everything, except her faith in the Lord, offered to Emperor Tiberius an egg and exclaimed; Christ has risen! The emperor doubting her words said that nobody could rise from thr dead and it was as hard to believe in what she had said as a white egg might turn red. Tiberius was still speaking when the egg began changing its color and turned scarlet. Thus, from the very first century of Christianity, colored eggs have always been the symbol of the Saviour's Resurrection.
We wish the Lord's blessings to the mothers of the Hermitage of Saint Mary Magdelene in Warrenton, Virginia and to Mother Magdalene of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos Convent in Toronto.
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