St. Mary Magdalene Russian Orthodox Church, Mt. of Olives, Jerusalem
Garden of Gethsemane, Mt. of Olives, Jerusalem
Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem
mosaic in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
Holy Fire ceremony held the Saturday before Orthodox Easter at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
“MARY FROM MAGDALA” BY SOFIA KIOROGLOU
On the Western side of the Sea of Galilee
between Tiberias and Capernaum
the apostle of the apostles was born.
O holy myrrh-bearer, Mary from Magdala
the red egg in your hand Tiberius Caesar’s debacle
would be of “Speak now or Forever rest in Peace”
Specially dedicated to your wonderful page. Christ is Risen.
* The poem is based on the Paschal eggs’ tradition. During a dinner with the emperor Tiberius Caesar, Mary Magdalene was speaking about Christ’s Resurrection. Caesar scoffed at her, saying that a man could rise from the dead no more than the egg in her hand could turn red. Immediately, the egg turned red. Because of this, icons of Mary Magdalene sometimes depict her holding a red egg. Also, this is believed to be an explanation for dyeing eggs red at Pascha.
Thank you Sofia for the lovely poem. I did not know that about Mary Magdalene and the egg tradition, very interesting.
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“With spices and precious
Balm, we arrayed Him ;
Faithful and gracious.
We tenderly laid Him :
Linen to bind Him
Cleanlily wound we:
Ah ! when we would find Him
Christ no more found we…”
“Has He, victoriously,
Burst from the vaulted
Grave, and ail-gloriously
Now sits exalted ?
Is He, in glow of birth,
Rapture creative near ?
Ah ! to the woe of earth
Still are we native here.
We, His aspiring
Followers, Him we miss ;
Master, Thy bliss…”