Read the Easter message of the ICDS General committee here.
and the promise
of this joyous time of year
and happiness to you
and those you hold most dear,
And may Christ,
Our Risen Saviour,
always be there by your side
To bless you
and be your loving guide.
– Apostola Apostolorum → Apostle of the Apostles
Let’s focus on a woman, who was put into the background throughout the history by men, although she was the first human who meet the resurrected Jesus, this year. The reasons why this happened are manifold and diverse. One major fact – she was a powerful woman and that was simply impossible at the time she was living!
It is almost universally agreed today that Mary Magdalene has the reputation in Western Christianity as being a repentant prostitute or loose woman. However, these claims are unfounded. The identity of Mary Magdalene is believed to have been merged with the identity of the unnamed sinner conflating who anoints Jesus’ feet in Luke 7:36-50. Mary Magdalene, the anointing sinner of Luke, and Mary of Bethany, who in John 11:1-2 also anoints Jesus’ feet, were long regarded as the same person. Though Mary Magdalene is named in each of the four gospels in the New Testament, none of the clear references to her indicate that she was a prostitute or notable for a sinful way of life, nor link her with Mary of Bethany. Modern scholarship has restored the understanding of Mary of Magdala as an important early Christian leader.
Through the resurrection of Jesus
God has redeemed us and made us his children.
May God bless us with joy.
Our Redeemer has given us lasting freedom.
May we inherit everlasting life.
By faith, we rose with Jesus in baptism.
May our lives be holy,
so that we will be united with Jesus for ever.
May almighty God bless us,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
See the here the Easter greetings of the Gerneral Committee.