Who was first: Myrrbearers or St. Thomas?

Scene above: The Amish out and about this morning. It’s been raining ’round these parts constantly. No time to cut the grass which you can’t really tell from the photo, but it’s really high! We’ve had a few nice days recently and hoping it’ll last.

Taken from Fr. Seraphim Holland’s Q & A (here):

When is the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women? Why?

The Sunday of the myrrh-bearers is the Third Sunday of Pascha (including the Sunday of Pascha itself as the first Sunday). It follows the Sunday of St. Thomas. St Thomas Sunday immediately follows the Sunday of Pascha because historically, Thomas saw the risen Christ for the first time eight days after the resurrection, and therefore, the commemoration is made in this time frame. It is true that the myrrh-bearers saw the risen Christ before Thomas, on the very day of the resurrection, but perhaps Thomas’ confession of the dual nature of Christ, “My Lord and my God,” also had a bearing on the order in which these two events are remembered by the church.

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2 thoughts on “Who was first: Myrrbearers or St. Thomas?

  1. Yes…the Myrrhbearers did notice it was empty FIRST, but this makes sense that we celebrate Thomas Sunday first, because he actually saw Christ before them.
    I love that photo of your church, it’s beautiful…and the Amish buggy going by…

  2. We need to keep in mind that when the Myrrh-bearing Women first noticed that Christ’s tomb was empty — on the third day after His crucifixion — they would tell nobody about this miracle, as the Bible says, “for they were afraid.”

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