Myrrhbearer

                            

I am a Myrrhbearer.

When I sing in church, I am a myrrhbearers because I anoint the Body of Christ. 

When I clean the church, I am myrrhbearer because I anoint the Body of Christ. 

When I place the flowers in the Sanctuary, I am a myrrhbearer because I anoint the Body of Christ.  

When I cut the grass in the Church yard or tend the flower garden, I am a myrrhbearer because I anoint the Body of Christ. 

When I care for the analoi coverings, I am myrrhbearers because I anoint the Body of Christ. 

When I bake prosphora, I am a myrrhbearers because I anoint the Body of Christ. 

When I prepare food for trapeza or wash up afterwards, I am a myrrhbearer because I anoint the Body of Christ. 

When I serve in the altar, I am a myrrhbearer because I anoint the Body of Christ. 

When I pray for the salvation of someone, I am a myrrhbearer because I anoint the Body of Christ.

When I give of my treasure for the welfare of the Church, I am a myrrhbearer because I anoint the Body of Christ.

All those who serve the Body of Christ, the Church, in this world are myrrhbearers because by their service, they serve Christ himself.              

Is it easy to be a myrrhbearer? It wasn’t easy for the first ones who came to the tomb. They were uncertain because before them stood an unmovable stone, a great obstacle indeed.  There are always big obstacles for myrrhbearers. After all, time spent serving the Body of Christ is time not spent on the priorities or joys of my own life. Treasure spent on the Body of Christ is treasure not spent on my own commitments and pleasures. Time spent in prayer could be time spent reading a good book or watching a good movie.

In other words, the biggest stone in my way is my self. Who can roll away such an obstacle?  The answer is that I am the only one who can do it, but I have to be motivated if I will ever be able set myself aside to serve the Body of Christ. So, what’s in it for me?  Why should I set myself aside to serve?

Indeed, the reward is the same for all myrrhbearers. They are the first to see, the first to know and the first to hear that Christ is risen. An open tomb and the glory of the resurrection – it’s not a bad wage for washing trapeza dishes or cooking peroghis. If you need more proof, check with St. Euphrosynus, the Cook!

In fact, when I think of it, I should wash those dishes with a bit more joy! After all, it is the Body of Christ that I serve.

 


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