Easter and the Egg

Icon of Mary Magdalene with easter eggImage via Wikipedia

As it is getting close to Easter/Eostra, I thought I'd share this little tidbit I found on the web about Red Eggs.

According to the ancient tradition of the East, Mary Magdalene was a wealthy woman from whom Christ expelled seven "demons." During the three years of Jesus' ministry she helped support him and his other disciples with her money. When almost everyone else fled, she stayed with him at the cross. On Easter morning she was the first to bear witness to his resurrection. She is called "Equal to the Apostles." The Eastern tradition tells us that after the Ascension she journeyed to Rome where she was admitted to the court of Tiberius Caesar because of her high social standing. After describing how poorly Pilate had administered justice at Jesus' trial, she told Caesar that Jesus had risen from the dead. To help explain his resurrection she picked up an egg from the dinner table. Caesar responded that a human being could no more rise from the dead than the egg in her hand turn red. The egg turned red immediately, which is why red eggs have been exchanged at Easter for centuries in the Byzantine East.

Mary traveled the Mediterranean preaching the resurrection. Like Peter and Paul, she died a martyr and she bears witness to the important role women once held in the Church.

This icon (on the front of the card) was commissioned for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco to commemorate the election of Barbara Harris, the first woman bishop in the Anglican communion. As women reclaim their ancient rights in the church, Mary Magdalene challenges all Christians to re-examine their cultural prejudices about gender and leadership.  -- From the back of my Society of Mary Magdalene membership welcome card

The Eastern Orthodox Church, which includes the Russians, is indeed fond of blood red eggs at Easter.  Gold letters are painted onto the red eggs.  They make red eggs every year, no pastels.  You have to start with a brown egg in order to get the rich dark red color.

--Found on the Esoteric Theological Seminary website.

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