The Resurrection Greeting Card depicts John 20:1-18 — the appearance of the Risen Christ to Mary Magdalene who became through this encounter the “Apostle of the Apostles.” This card is a print reproduction of an original enamel-on-bronze (champlevé) plaque from the hand of the world famous goldsmith Egino Weinert (1920-2012). Measuring 5.75 x 4 inches, this card is blank inside and includes an envelope. Quantity discounts available.
Mary Magdalene – The “Apostle of the Apostles”
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 a.d.) wrote that the “Holy Spirit made Magdalene the Apostle of the Apostles.” “Apostle” is a title of special significance in the New Testament. Saint Paul of Tarsus valued this title greatly. In 2 Corinthians 12:11-12, he seems quite annoyed not to be considered as one. Yet Mary too could say, with Paul, “I am in no way inferior to these “superapostles….” She has indeed this entirely legitimate and scripturally based claim to fame. “Apostle” means in Greek “one sent on a mission” and it was the Risen Jesus himself who said to her, “Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father…’” (John 20:17). The Church has not valued women enough, especially a woman whose greatest assignment was to tell the apostles the pivotal news that Jesus was alive. Her words, “I have seen the Lord!” are the very first act of faith in the Resurrection. She is indeed the “Apostle of the Apostles”!
This Resurrection Greeting Card is the perfect card for celebrating a first communion or confirmation during the Easter season. This is also the perfect card for celebrating the feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene on July 22nd.
The Risen Christ appears to Mary Magdalene – John 20:1-18
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.