Mary Magdalene proclaims the Resurrection
illumination from the Albani Psalter – Germany, 12th century
Who was I?
The Scriptures say I came from Magdala, a little village on the Sea of Galilee. They say I was one of the many who were healed by Jesus. They say that after my healing, I became one of the disciples who followed Jesus (and yes, the scriptures say women followed him, too). If you read the New Testament, you will see that we were respectable women, and some of us were wealthy; we helped provide for him as he traveled through Galilee and Judea.
Thomas: a traditional icon
My name is Thomas, and I’m a practical man. While some of you may go in for philosophies, or theologies, or visions, or dreams, I just want the facts.
The oldest surviving icon of St. Peter (6th century)
St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai
They call me “the Rock”, but that wasn’t always my name.
John the Evangelist
Contemporary icon by William Hart McNichols
Who am I? Does it really matter who I am? I’m just another disciple – I began to follow him when I was still a boy, I grew up with him, I learned from him. He captured my heart and my imagination in a way that changed me forever.
Martha: a traditional icon
Inspired by the Gospel of John, chapters 13-17
We were all there, you know. When John told the story, he spoke about Peter and Andrew, Thomas and Philip and all the others – even Judas was in the story – but he didn’t mention us. (Not that we expected to hear our names, that wasn’t the way it was done. The women were always there, but our names were never included.)
Paul and Lydia
In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ… There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free… There is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-28)