“The mourners of the dead became the swallows of a new spring”

For context, first read the gospel story of the women going to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus (Luke 24:1-12).

Their poor ointments, with which they meant to preserve from corruption Him who Himself keeps the heavens from decay, and with which they desired to anoint Him from whom the heavens take their fragrance! O most fragrant Lord, the only fragrance of the human being and human history; how wondrously did Thou reward these devoted and faithful souls who did not forget you dead in your tomb! You made the Myrrh-Bearing Women the bearers of the tidings of your Resurrection and your glory! They did not anoint your dead body, but you did anoint their living souls with the oil of gladness. The mourners of the dead became the swallows of a new spring.

St. Nikolai Velimirovic – “Homily on the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women”

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