vendredi 24 mai 2013

Sainte JEANNE CHOUZA, la Myrophore, disciple


Sainte JEANNE la MYROPHORE

Cette bienheureuse était femme de Chouza, intendant du roi Hérode. Après avoir, semble-t-il, été guérie de quelque maladie par le Seigneur (Luc 8:3), comme Sainte Marie Madeleine (cf. 22 juil.), elle le servit, avec les autres saintes femmes, pendant tout son ministère publique, de Galilée en Judée. Elle fut témoin de sa Passion vivifiante et, le matin de Pâques, elle se rendit au tombeau avec des aromates, en compagnie de Marie Madeleine et de Marie mère de Jacques. Le trouvant vide, les femmes restaient perplexes et tenaient leur visage incliné. Deux Anges leur apparurent alors et dirent : « Pourquoi cherchez- vous le Vivant parmi les morts » (Luc 24:5), et ils leur rappelèrent les paroles du Seigneur annonçant qu'il devrait être crucifié avant de ressusciter le troisième jour. Elles allèrent rapporter tout cela aux Apôtres, mais ces propos leur semblèrent du radotage et ils ne les crurent pas, tant que Pierre et Jean ne se furent pas rendus à leur tour sur les lieux.



Saint Jeanne la myrrhophore, épouse de Chuza, intendant de la maison du roi Hérode, fut l'une des femmes qui suivit et servit le Seigneur Jésus-Christ pendant le temps de Sa prédication et de Son ministère public. Elle est mentionnée dans l'Evangile de saint Luc (8:3 et 24:10). Avec les autres femmes myrrhophores, sainte Jeanne alla au sépulcre pour oindre le Saint Corps du Seigneur avec de la myrrhe après Sa mort sur la Croix, et elle entendit des anges l'annonce joyeuse de Sa Très Glorieuse Résurrection. Selon la tradition, elle a récupéré la tête de saint Jean-Baptiste, après qu'Hérodiade ait disposé de celle-ci (24 février).

Saint Jeanne est également commémorée le dimanche des myrrhophores.

Version française Claude Lopez-Ginisty d'après OCA Feasts and Saints




St. Joanna

St. Joanna was the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward (Lk. 8:3) and a disciple of Jesus, and mentioned in Luke (8.3) as providing for Jesus and the Apostles. According to Eastern tradition, when Herod had John the Baptist beheaded, he cast the head out into an unclean place. Joanna took the head and buried it with honour on the Mount of Olives, on Herod’s land. Later, in the reign of Constantine the Great, the head was found.

St. Joanna is also remembered because she was present at both the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. St. Joanna is one of the women Luke says (24.10) discovered the empty tomb on the first Easter when she went to anoint the body. She is especially venerated by the Jesuits.


The Story of St. Joanna

Written by: Michelle Chesney

With Holy Week behind us and Easter upon us, we learn more about the many people around our Lord at the end of His earthly life. There are of course the apostles and His Mother, but also some lesser-known friends. So rarely are women named in Scripture, often being identified only in terms of their husband or father, but in this case we do know the name of one of Jesus’ female friends, Joanna. Which is fortunate, as it is my daughter’s middle name!

We know St. Joanna only through Luke’s Gospel. In Chapter 8, we learn that she was the wife of a man named Chuza, who was a steward to Herod. In this brief account she, along with Mary Magdalene, a woman Susanna, and “many others”, is described as providing for Jesus out of personal resources as he traveled, preaching and healing in many villages and cities.

The other time Joanna is referenced is of course the account of Easter morning in Chapter 24. She was one of the women who arrived at the tomb with spices to prepare His body for burial, but found the stone moved and the body gone. They were confronted with two men in dazzling clothes who told them that He had Risen, and reminded them of Jesus’ own words that He would be crucified and rise again. The women left the tomb and told the apostles what they had seen and heard.

Though we know so little about her, it would seem she was a generous and devoted woman. She served our Lord in His ministry as well as after His death. In both descriptions she used her own means to provide for Him, and in return she had the honour of being one of the first people to truly understand His Resurrection.