St. Susanna - One of the Holy Woman of Galilee
|Jesus Giving Peter the Keys to the Kingdom ...|
With Some Women Looking on ... Perhaps the Holy Women of Galilee
Luke is the only Gospel writer who introduces us to the Galilean Women who traveled with Jesus and the Twelve to offer them kind assistance. It is the beginning of the 8th chapter where Luke shares a slice of the backgrounds on these women, naming a handful, and letting us know that there are more. This is also the only place where Susanna is specifically mentioned in the Bible.
... Susanna, and many others who provided for them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their resources.
- Luke 8:3b
|The Holy Galilean Women Witnessing Jesus' Crucifixion|
by Tomie DePaola
These three Gospel references share how the Holy Galilean Women - many left nameless - observed the Crucifixion of Jesus.
There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him.
- Matthew 27:55
|The Holy Women of Galilee Witnessing the Burial of Jesus|
Luke shares that the Holy Galilean Women watched Joseph of Arimathea (John includes Nicodemus) place Jesus in a tomb. They then went to prepare some spices and rest for the Sabbath.
The women who had come from Galilee with him [Jesus] followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it, they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils.
- Luke 23:55-56a
Luke also shares how it was the Galilean Women who went to Jesus' tomb with the spices they had prepared as soon as Sabbath was over ... at daybreak ... sunrise of the first Easter. They were the first to learn that Jesus had risen from the dead and went to tell the Apostles. Sometimes they are called "The Apostles to the Apostles." In the Byzantine Rite, they are known as The Holy Myrrhbearers (myrrh was a common burial oil).
But at daybreak on the first day of the week they took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.