Orthodox Christian women continue the special ministry of myrrh-bearing women, testifying to the world about the Risen Christ, said His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
“Myrrh-bearing women are not only a phenomenon of the New Testament times. This is an amazing phenomenon in the life of the Church, this is the ability to remain faithful to Christ, to courageously go to the end, setting an example for their husbands and brothers, and even for the whole people,” said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on May 16, the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women, after the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Christ the Savior.
The Patriarch believes that today the special ministry of women as myrrh-bearing women is “to be the successors of the work of the holy apostles, to carry the message of Christ, to bring up their children and grandchildren in the faith, to influence their friends, relatives, and close ones who are still far from Christ”.
“The great mission – the testimony of the Risen Christ – still rests with our women, who carry this service outside the churches of God,” Patriarch Kirill emphasized.
Addressing Christian women, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill wished them “strength, firmness to remain faithful to Christ, to educate their children in this loyalty to the Lord, to influence their family, especially when there is a danger of a departure from the faith, a break with Christian life.”
“You are at the forefront in the struggle for the Risen Christ, because it is in the family that this front often passes between faith and unbelief, between God’s truth and the desire to destroy this truth. God willing, our women, Orthodox Christians, are fully ready to serve the Risen Savior today, both spiritually and, I would say, intellectually,” concluded the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.