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GOSPEL READING: Mark 15:43–16:8

43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went into Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. 45 So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.

16 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.

6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going 1before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

8 So they went out 2quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


ЕВАНГЕЛСКО ЧЕТИВО: Марко 15, 43 – 16, 8

43. дојде Јосиф од Ариматеја, прочуен член на советот, кој и сам го очекуваше царството Божјо, се осмели и влезе при Пилата и го помоли за телото Исусово. 44. Пилат се зачуди дека Он веќе умрел: и кога го извика стотникот, го праша дали одамна умрел. 45. Па штом узна од стотникот, му го даде телото на Јосифа. 46. А Јосиф купи плаштаница, Го симна и Го обви во плаштаницата и Го положи во гроб, што беше издлабен во карпа; и навали камен на гробната врата. 47. А Марија Магдалина и Марија Јосиева гледаа, каде Го полагаат.

16. 1. Штом мина сабота, Марија Магдалина, Марија Јаковова и Саломија купија мириси, за да дојдат и Го помажат Исуса. 2. И во првиот ден од седмицата, дојдоа на гробот многу рано, кога изгреваше сонцето. 3. па си зборуваа помеѓу себе: „Кој ќе ни го одвали каменот од вратата на гробот?” 4. И кога погледнаа, видоа дека каменот е одвален, а тој беше многу голем. 5. Штом влегоа во гробот, видоа еден млад човек, облечен во бели алишта, како седи од десната страна; и се уплашија многу. 6. А тој им рече: „Не бојте се! Вие Го барате Исуса Назареецот, Распнатиот. Он воскресна, не е овде. Еве го местото каде што беше положен. 7. Но одете, кажете им на учениците Негови и на Петра, дека Он пред вас ќе отиде во Галилеја; таму ќе Го видите, како што ви беше рекол.” 8. Па, штом излегоа, побегнаа од гробот, зашто ги опфати страв и ужас, и никому ништо не рекоа, оти се боеја.


Biblical Story

About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when the Lord Jesus was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their own homeland and from then on followed after Him. They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to His sepulcher, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to anoint His body. It is because of the myrrh-oils that these God-loving women brought to the tomb of Jesus that they are called Myrrh-bearers.

Of those whose names are known are the following: first of all, the most holy Virgin Mary, who in Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40 is called "the mother of James and Joses" (these are the sons of Joseph by a previous marriage, and she was therefore their step-mother); Mary Magdalene (celebrated July 22); Mary, the wife of Clopas; Joanna, wife of Chouza, a steward of Herod Antipas; Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee; Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; and Susanna. As for the names of the rest of them, the evangelists have kept silence (Matthew 217:55-56; 28:1-10. Mark 15:40-41.

Luke 8:1-3; 23:55-24:11, 22-24. John 19:25; 20:11-18. Acts 1:14.) Together with them we celebrate also the secret disciples of the Savior, Joseph and Nicodemus. Of these, Nicodemus was probably a Jerusalemite, a prominent leader among the Jews and of the order of the Pharisees, learned in the Law and instructed in the Holy Scriptures. He had believed in Christ when, at the beginning of our Savior's preaching of salvation, he came to Him by night. Furthermore, he brought some one hundred pounds of myrrh-oils and an aromatic mixture of aloes and spices out of reverence for the divine Teacher (John 19:39). Joseph, who was from the city of Arimathea, was a wealthy and noble man, and one of the counselors who were in Jerusalem. He went bodly unto Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and together with Nicodemus he gave Him burial. Since time did not permit the preparation of another tomb, he placed the Lord's body in his own tomb which was hewn out of rock, as the Evangelist says (Matthew 27:60).

Icon of the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers

The icon of the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers depicts the biblical story of the women arriving at the tomb to anoint the body of Christ. The angel is seated upon the stone that covered the tomb, and he is pointing to the empty garments showing that Christ has risen from the dead.

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