Biography of the Holy Myrrh-bearing Women
At the beginning of His public life, Jesus often came to Galilee. A group of holy women followed Him, ministering to the needs out of their own resources, and even accompanied Him to the foot of the cross. On the day of Christ’s resurrection, they went to the grave of Jesus to anoint His body for burial, thereby observing a contemporary Jewish custom for which there was no time on the previous Friday. Not knowing that Christ had already risen from the dead, they arrived at the tomb where they saw that the stone had been rolled back and an Angel clothed in white was sitting at the door. Seven of these women are known by name: Mary Magdalene, Mary, the wife of Cleophas; Joanna, the wife of Chuza, a steward to Herod Antipas; Susanna; Salome, the mother of James and John; and Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus.