Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


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When Thou didst arise as God, O Word, then didst Thou grant joy to the myrrh-bearing women, saying to them: I have not ascended yet unto My Father hence. Thus, I tell you to touch Me not; but rather, go forth now. Speak unto My friends and say: Lo, He precedeth you. Thus, Thou didst appear to them after, and through Thy divine breath, O Saviour, Thou didst grant Thy Holy Spirit unto them. Aposticha from Matins of Thursday of the Myrrh-bearers. The Pentecostarion

You have heard, dearly beloved, that holy women who had followed the Lord came to the sepulchre with spices. They had loved Him when He was alive, and they showed Him their eager tenderheartedness even when He was dead. Their deed points to something that must be done in our holy Church. Thus as we hear of what they did, we must also think of our responsibility to imitate them. We too, who believe in Him Who died, approach His sepulchre with spices if we are strengthen with the sweet smell of the virtues, and if we seek the Lord with a reputation for good works. And the women who came with spices saw angels, since those who advance toward God through their holy desires, accompanied by the sweet smell of the virtues, behold the citizens from on high. St. Gregory the Great, Forty Gospel Homilies

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