Mary Cleophas

first century

This Mary, wife of Cleophas and mother of James the Less and Joses, witnessed the Crucifixion, helped prepare Christ’s body for burial, and waited with Mary Magdalen until the tomb was sealed. When they returned and found the tomb empty on Easter, an angel announced, “He is risen.” While running to tell the disciples, they met Jesus, who said, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Legends claimed she went to Europe, but the Gospels verify her true place of honor, performing a work of mercy for Jesus and being among the first to share the good news.

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