Saint Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-Bearer & Equal to the Apostles

Feast Day: July 22nd

& Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers (2nd Sunday after Pascha)


The Life of Saint Mary Magdalene: She cried out with joy, “Rabboni”…

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Prayers

Akathist Hymn

Apolytikion: O Holy Mary Magdalene, you kept Christ’s Commandments, and followed Him Who for our sakes was Born of a Virgin. Today we celebrate your Memory, and receive forgiveness through your Prayers.

Kontakion: When God, who is transcendent in essence, came with flesh into the world, O Myrrhbearer, He received you as a true disciple, for you turned all your love toward Him; henceforth you would yourself work many healings. Now that you have passed into Heaven, never cease to intercede for the world!

Kontakion: With others standing before the Saviour’s Cross, weeping and suffering with the Mother of God, Glorious Mary Magdalene offered praises saying: What is this strange wonder? He chooses to suffer Who upholds the whole creation. Glory to Your Power.

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Saint Mary Magdalene is one of the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women

Apolytikion: Unto the Myrrh-Bearing Women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the Grave: Myrrh-oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption. But cry out:  The Lord is Risen, granting great mercy to the world.

Kontakion: When Thou didst cry, Rejoice, unto the Myrrh-Bearers, Thou didst make the lamentation of Eve the first mother to cease by Thy Resurrection, O Christ God. And Thou didst bid Thine Apostles to preach:  The Saviour is Risen from the grave.

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Saint Mary Magdalene, Our Most Holy Theotokos and the other Myrrh-Bearing Women ran to tell the Disciples the most joyous news, that Christ has Risen from the dead.

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Together with Our Most Holy Mother of God, Saint Mary Magdalene saw and spoke with Christ at His Empty Tomb.

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Saint Mary Magdalene went with Saint Mary wife of Cleopas to Zakynthos to preach the Risen Christ. They went to a village now named Maries, named after these two Holy Women. Their footprint can still be seen in the rock where they stepped off the boat.

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After Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection, Saint Mary Magdalene spoke to Caesar the Emperor of Rome in front of a large crowd. She picked up an egg from the table to explain His Resurrection, but the Emperor was not impressed and replied “There is much chance of a human being returning to life as much as there is a chance for the egg that you hold to turn red.” Immediately the egg Miraculously turned red in her hand.

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