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Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing Women with the Noble Joseph

Celebrated May 12

Today we commemorate the Holy Myrrh-bearing women Saints Mary Magdalene (July 22), Mary the wife of Clopas, Joanna (June 27), Salome, mother of the sons of Zebedee (August 3), Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus (June 4). Also Saint Joseph of Arimathea (July 31), and Nicodemus.

Troparion — Tone 2

The Noble Joseph,  when he had taken down Your most pure Body from the tree,  wrapped it in fine linen and anointed it with spices,  and placed it in a new tomb. But You rose on the third day, O Lord,  granting the world great mercy.

Troparion — Tone 2

The angel came to the myrrhbearing women at the tomb and said:  Myrrh is meet for the dead;  but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption!  So proclaim: The Lord is risen,  granting the world great mercy!




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