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SUNDAY, May 12, 2019 Epiphanios, Bishop of Cyprus; Germanos, Pat. Of Constantinople Orthros: Second Gospel: Luke 24: 1-12 Epistle: Acts 6: 1-7 Page: 48 (Red Books) Gospel: Mark 15: 43-47; 16:1-8 Page: 49 (Red Books) Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! The Myrrh-Bearing Women The Gospels and the tradition of the Church are pretty clear that two women first saw the risen Lord. We know one was Mary Magdalene who is exclusively spoken of in the Gospel of John, and the other we know was another Mary, but the identity of this Mary initially is not told. The tradition of the Fathers is clear that this Mary was the mother of Jesus, the Theotokos. One way we know this is from the iconographic tradition of the Church, where two women are depicted together as being first witnesses of the risen Jesus. The woman in red (or sometimes blue), the traditional cloak color for the Theotokos, is the Virgin Mary, who is also sometimes depicted with her name engraved near her halo. This depiction goes back centuries, the earliest of which that we know of comes from a miniature of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection in the Rabbula Codex (Syria and Palestine, dated 586-587 A.D.). The first scene shows two women at the tomb and the second scene shows them at the feet of Christ. One of the women has a halo, which indicates that she is the Virgin Mary, just as she is depicted in the Crucifixion scene. These scenes became the standard iconography for the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers during the Paschal season, and even flourished in the Middle Ages of the West as well. We also have indication that the Theotokos was the first witness to the resurrection of Christ from several sources in the apocryphal literature of the early Church. Though most of these writings are rejected as heretical or non-canonical, they still indicate a belief that was circulated among the early Christians. https://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2009/05/theotokos-at-resurrection-of-christ.html

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