Lenten Journey with Mary

The holy myrrh-bearing women.
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:

The Holy Myrrh-bearing Women

[For Thursday of Bright Week--Eastern Rite Tradition]

Before dawn, Mary Magdalene
and the women came,
bringing spices and myrrh
to anoint the holy body.

Long before, Mary held
a baby son in Bethlehem,
in a cave visited by kings,
who lavished him with myrrh
prophesying in this a death
for the infant king of life
who would rise
treading down death -
and by his death lavish
life to those in the tombs.

The women hurried to the garden
of death to find His holy body,
but found the stone rolled away
and the tomb open … yet hearing
the voice of an angel say:
”Why do you seek the living
among the dead?”
The One who is everlasting life
is not hidden, yet not here.

See his burial shroud in the grave?
Go and tell all the world:
"The Lord is risen;
He has slain death,
for He is the Son of God,
and saves humanity!"

From Hypokoe of the Paschal Canon, Tone 2

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