030-P Holy Myrrhbearers by the Lord's Tomb
This icon is an image of two myrrh-bearing women who stand by the open Tomb and see an Angel in a white robe sitting on the tombstone. The Holy Myrrh-Bearers are the same women who had received Jesus Christ in their homes because they loved him, and then followed him to Golgotha, where He was crucified. They witnessed the passion of Jesus Christ. It was them who hurried to the Lord's Tomb to anoint the Body of Christ with myrrh according to a Jewish custom. It was them – the Myrrh-Bearing Women – who were the first to learn that Christ had risen from the dead. After his death on the Cross, the Holy Savior first appeared to a woman – St Mary Magdalene. The Apostles who wrote the Gospels tell us their names: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Apostle James of the Seventy, Mary, the wife of Cleopas, Martha of Bethany, Sister of Lazarus, Mary of Bethany, Sister of Lazarus, Joanna, the wife of Chuza the steward of Herod Antipas, Salome, the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, and Susanna. These women are commonly referred to in sacred hymns and liturgical texts as the Holy Myrrhbearers. The Third Sunday of Easter in the Orthodox Church is named after the Myrrh-Bearing Women to celebrate these holy women. This day and the week that follows it are dedicated to all Orthodox women. Family, friends, and children congratulate their female special ones — spouses, mothers, and sisters. Each woman must become a myrrh-bearer in her life. She must preserve peace in her family, assist and support her husband, demonstrate sacrificial love through giving birth and rearing children, in order to save her soul for the eternal life with God.
An icon on wood. The image is a printed sticker covered with varnish. High quality.