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Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene

Commemorated on July 22 / August 4

According to Bishop Nikolai Velimirovch in The Prologue from Ohrid:

“One of the myrrh-bearing women, and equal to the apostles, she was born in Magdala by the Lake of Gennesaret, of the tribe of Issachar. She was tormented by seven evil spirits, of which she was freed and healed by the Lord Jesus. She was a faithful follower and servant of the Lord during His earthly life, and also stood beneath the Cross on Golgotha and lamented bitterly with the most holy Mother of God. After the Lord’s death, she visited His tomb three times; and when He rose again, she saw Him twice, once alone and the other time with the other myrrh-bearing women. She travelled to Rome, went before Tiberias Caesar and presented him with a red egg, greeting him with the words: ‘Christ is risen!’ At the same time, she denounced Pilate to Caesar for his unjust condemnation of the Lord Jesus. Caesar listened to her, and moved Pilate from Jerusalem to Gaul, where this unjust judge died under imperial displeasure after a terrible illness. After that, she returned from Rome to Ephesus, to St John the Theologian, whom she helped in his task of preaching the Gospel. With great love for the risen Lord and with great zeal, she proclaimed the holy Gospel as a true apostle of Christ. She died peacefully in Ephesus and was buried, according to tradition, in the same cave in which the seven young men (see August 4th) had been in a charmed sleep for a hundred years. They came to life, and then died. St Magdalene’s relics were then taken to Constantinople. Near the Garden of Gethsemane, there is a beautiful Russian church dedicated to St Mary Magdalene.”

Dyeing traditional red eggs for Pascha:

  • For a special effect, clean eggs before dyeing can be placed in an old nylon stocking. Leaves and flowers can be tucked inside between the egg and nylon, and each egg can be separated by a knot in the hose. The egg is then dyed. The locations where the leaves and flowers were placed will leave a lighter imprint. The texture of the nylon hose may also be visible. The egg then can be gently rubbed with oil.

Recipe for Greek Pascha Bread coming!

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