Monday, April 05, 2010

According to tradition...

... during a dinner with the emperor Tiberius Caesar, Mary Magdalene was speaking about Christ's Resurrection. Caesar scoffed at her, saying that a man could rise from the dead no more than the egg in her hand could turn red. Immediately, the egg turned red. Because of this, icons of Mary Magdalene sometimes depict her holding a red egg. Also, this is believed to be an explanation for dyeing eggs red at Pascha...


my patron saint.

6 comments:

Badger Catholic said...

Awesome!

Nan said...

My Greek egg is wrapped in netting to avoid stains. I was told to put it in the dish with my flower parts from Saturday. Yes, I engaged in liturgical tourism, once I had obtained Father's approval.

Ben said...

I am so totally dying red eggs this week now. Thanks for the Catholic nerdery!

PaxetBonum said...

Cool story, I've never heard that one. But when you've got 2,000 years of history, tradition, and legends, it's unlikely you'll ever hear 'em all.

It's hard to imagine St Mary Magdalene ever had any occasion to meet, let alone eat with, Tiberias Caesar (was Tiberias ever in Judea? or St M.M. in Rome?), but it does make for a lovely legend.

Old Bob said...

After what St. Mary Magdalene endured from the seven devils, I think Tiberius Caesar would have been pretty small potatoes (or eggs).

nazareth priest said...

I always color eggs red for Easter...sorta...with onion skins (and help from food coloring).
I never heard this, though.
I always thought it was to represent the Precious Blood. This is great, also.
Leave it to a man to give a challenge to a woman; she always wins; always!:<)!