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Before dawn after the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene came and found Jesus’ tomb empty; then she ran to Peter and John and told them someone had taken the Lord’s body. St. Cyril of Alexandria holds her up as a model of faith, she who did not abandon Jesus even when he had been killed in a shameful public execution.
This excellent and pious woman (Mary Magdalene) would never have allowed herself to stay at home and leave the sepulcher, had not her fear of the law for the Sabbath, and the penalty set for those who transgressed it, curbed the intensity of her zeal, and had she not, allowing ancient custom to prevail, thought she ought to withdraw her thoughts from the object of her most earnest longings.
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But, when the Sabbath was already past, and the dawn of the next day was appearing, she hurried back to the spot—and then, when she saw the stone rolled...
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