Feast Day: August 3rd
& Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers (2nd Sunday after Pascha)
The Life of Saint Salome: Filled with fervent piety, she was among the women who followed Christ and ministered to Him and His disciples…
Saint Salome 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.
This beautiful Icon is of the Mother of God with her Son Our Lord Jesus Christ. To her right is Saint Elizabeth with Saint John the Baptist, and to her left is Saint Salome with Saint John the Beloved. These Holy Women were all first cousins because their mothers, Saint Anna, Sobea and Maria, were all sisters and daughters to the High Priest Matthas and his wife Maria.
Saint Salome was a daughter of Saint Joseph the Betrothed. She married Zebedee a fisherman, and together they had two sons, the Holy Apostles Saint James and Saint John the Theologian. Saint Salome truly was blessed as she was one of the first and last to minister to Our Lord Jesus Christ, this is because she was a midwife taking care of Our Most Holy Mother of God when she gave Birth, and she also anointed His Holy Body with spices upon His death. Saint Salome followed Jesus through His life, ministering to Him, and remained at the Cross where she witnessed many things including the Temple Veil being torn and was among the first women who beheld His Glorious Resurrection.