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The Myrrh-Bearing Women

Sundays of Pascha or Pascha Cycle
Sunday
of
Pascha
Sunday
after
Pascha
Day of
Pascha
NameApostolosGospelToneSaint
3215Myrrh-Bearing
Women
Acts
6:1-7
Mk.
15:43-16:8
2Myrrh-bearing
Woman
Mary
Magdalen,
Equal of
Apostles


Myrrh-bearing
Women

The Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women were the first to learn that Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ had risen from the dead.

The Third Sunday of Holy and Glorious Pascha commemorates The Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women.

The Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women are called the "Myrrh-bearers" because they brought myrrh and other spices and oils to finish the anointing of the Body the Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ for burial.

The Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women are called the "Myrrh-bearers" because they brought myrrh and other spices and oils to finish the anointing of the Body the Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ for burial.
The three Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women named in the Gospels at the tomb are:
The Myrrh-bearing Woman Mary Magdalen, the Equal of the Apostles; Mary the mother of James, and Salome.
Mt 28:1 "After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. [Mt 27:56 Among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee."]
Mk 16:1 "When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him."
Lk 24:10 "The women were Mary Mgdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, ...."
John 20:1 "On the first day of the week, Mary Mgdalene came to the tomb early in the morning ...."

However, eight women are generally identified as the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women. They stayed with Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ at the cross and at the tomb. These eight women are: Mary Magdalene, The Theotokos, Joanna, Salome, Mary the wife of Cleopas / Alphaeus, Susanna, Mary of Bethany, and Martha of Bethany.
Further, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, Mary of Bethany, and Martha of Bethany seemed to have financial resources and provided for Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ out of their own means/possessions.

Early on the third day, the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women went to the tomb of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to finish preparing His Body for burial.
According to Jewish burial custom, a body is annointed with spices before its burial.
According to Jewish law, a body can not be prepared for burial (wrapped and annointed) on the Sabbath and can not be buried on the Sabbath. (The Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and ends just before sunset on Saturday.)
When the Body of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was taken down from the cross, the time was late on Friday on which the Sabbath began. It was almost sunset, it was almost the Sabbath. Then, the Body of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was very quickly and minimally prepared for burial (wrapped, not annointed) and was very quickly placed in an above ground rock-hewn tomb. (The Body of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was not placed in a coffin in the ground.)
At the first daylight after the Sabbath (early Sunday morning), the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women went to the tomb of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to finish preparing His Body for burial, to annoint his body.

The Resurrection According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was on the third day, Sunday. The day count begins on the day of the Crucifixion, Friday.

Name of DayDay countSabbathDay of Week
FridayOneSabbath begins at sunsetSixth day
SaturdayTwoSabbath ends just before sunsetSeventh day
SundayThree First day

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