The Red Easter Egg…
April 1, 2010 by KristinRedRose
Few people know it, but Mary Magdalene is a Christian saint by the Catholic church. Of course the most well-known thing she did according to the canon Bible, was being a woman that Jesus cast out seven demons, that turned her into a devoted and beloved disciple and later a forgotten apostle. (Of course for many centuries, she was painted a scarlet woman and prostitute that Jesus saved by turning her from her sins, this was NOT true)! She was also most famously, the first person who found Jesus’ empty tomb, greeted by the angel that announced that Jesus had risen and most importantly, she was the first to see the “resurrected Christ.” She was scoffed at by the male apostles when she returned and happily announced that she had seen Jesus alive and well, as they couldn’t understand why Jesus would appear to Mary and not them if he were truly alive. But all this aside, there is a even less known story that Mary Magdalene was part of and this was a great example of how Mary was as much a teacher of Jesus’ message as the other apostles. It also gives a background for why Christians are inclined to dye eggs at Easter.
Here is the story:
Mary Magdalene was a wealthy woman, called a disciple of Christ, and was the first person to whom Christ appeared the morning after his resurrection. She worked to spread the gospel after his ascension to Heaven, and through her influence, obtained an invitation to the dinner table of Tiberius Caesar in Rome. Illustrating to Caesar that Christ had risen from the dead, she picked up an egg from the table. The egg had long been a symbol for rebirth. Caesar laughed at her claiming that a person rising from the dead was as likely as the egg in her hand changing color. Before he finished speaking, the egg turned a bright red. Source: http://protestantism.suite101.com/article.cfm/mary-magdalene-and-the-easter-egg
This ritual is more widely practiced by the Orthodox church than the rest of the world, but it wouldn’t hurt to make it part of your Easter ritual as a great way of mixing the pagan egg dyeing with a Christian root! So when you are dyeing Easter eggs this weekend, dye a couple red, paint some crosses on them and give them to others as a sign of Christ’s resurrection. “Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed.” Happy Easter!
Blessed be in Christ!