Thursday, July 22, 2010
Mary Magdalene (or Mary of Magdala) was a devoted follower of Jesus. She was a witness to the crucifixion and to the burial of Jesus. She is often referred to as "the apostle to the apostles," because she was the first to see the Risen Christ and share the news with other disciples.
One version of a popular legend has Mary Magdalene placing a basket of eggs at the foot of the cross where they are painted red by Christ's blood. Mary then presents the blood red eggs to Tiberius Ceasar. For countless generations Christians have been sharing painted eggs. Eastern Orthodox Christians proclaim, "Christ is Risen!" when they share an egg. The recipient responds with,"Truly, He is Risen!"
According to the Greek Church, Mary Magdalene moved from Rome to Ephesus where she lived until her death.