Abbot Joseph, of the Mt. Tabor monastery in Redwood Valley (a Ukrainian Catholic monastery in Mendocino County, California), has a blog post from yesterday entitled The Holy Myrrhbearers. According to his post, the Byzantine Churches remember the Holy Myrrhbearers on the second Sunday of Easter. His post is a tribute to those women who gathered at the tomb before dawn on Easter. Here is a bit of it:
"Let us not allow these Easter days to pass without inviting the Risen One to send that lightning flash of an angel to roll away the heavy stone from our souls, to cause an inner earthquake that makes our old bad habits fall away like those stunned and hamstrung cemetery sentinels. May we come to Him like the holy myrrh-bearers, offering love and receiving Love in return. And let us continue to proclaim, with our lips and our lives, that Christ is risen!"
For a seventh century tribute to the Myrrhbearers, by St. Andrew of Crete, see his Canon of the Myrrhbearers, translated into English and made available online by Archimandrite Ephrem of Anastasis, the website of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England (a Greek Orthodox monastery). An excerpt:
Glory to you, Christ Saviour, who poured out life, made light dawn for those in the darkness of ignorance, and shone over all the earth by your Rising.
Let the noble counsellor Joseph be praised with the Myrrhbearers and the godly Disciples, as he too is a herald of Christ’s Rising.