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Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing Women and the Noble Joseph


The two Sundays which follow Great and Holy Pascha are dedicated to commemorating certain episodes that relate to the Resurrection of Christ.  Last Sunday we commemorated the Risen Lord’s dialogue with the Apostle Thomas, who was provisionally disbelieving, and then deeply believing.   Today we honor the Myrrh-bearing Women who came to anoint Jesus’ Body in the tomb, and to whom the Resurrection was first announced.  The episode is related in the Gospel which is read at the Liturgy today.

Today’s reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles is the account of the appointment of the first seven deacons.


The readings below are Sunday, April 14, 2024

Today's Epistle reading: [Acts 6.1-7]:

And in those days, the number of the disciples increasing, there arose a murmuring of the Greeks against the Hebrews, for that their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve, calling together the multitude of the disciples, said: It is not reason that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word. And the saying was liked by all the multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor, and Timon and Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles and they praying, imposed hands upon them.

And the word of the Lord increased and the number of the disciples was multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly. A great multitude also of the priests obeyed the faith.



Today's Gospel reading: [Mark 15.43-16.8]:

Joseph of Arimathea, a noble counsellor, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate and begged the body of Jesus. But Pilate wondered that he should be already dead. And sending for the centurion, he asked him if he were already dead. And when he had understood it by the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And Joseph, buying fine linen and taking him down, wrapped him up in the fine linen and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewed out of a rock. And he rolled a stone to the door of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of Joseph, beheld where he was laid.

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought sweet spices, that coming, they might anoint Jesus. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they come to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen. And they said one to another: Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And looking, they saw the stone rolled back. For it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe and they were astonished. Who saith to them: Be not affrighted. you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee. There you shall see him, as he told you. But they going out, fled from the sepulchre for a trembling and fear had seized them. And they said nothing to any man for they were afraid.