First century lay woman. Married to Chusa, steward of King Herod Antipas. Disciple of Jesus, and mentioned in Luke (8:3) as providing for Jesus and the Apostles. Eastern tradition says that she gave the head of John the Baptist an honourable burial. One of the women Luke says (24.10) discovered the empty tomb on the first Easter when she went to anoint the body, and celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of Pascha in the Orthodox Church as the Myrrh-bearers. She is especially venerated by the Jesuits.
- ointment box
- woman carrying an ointment box
- woman with a cross in her arms and a lamb standing nearby
- woman carrying a pitcher in a basket
- woman standing with her husband among court ladies hearing Jesus preach
- “Saint Joanna the Myrrhbearer“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 August 2012. Web. 1 April 2015. <>