Saint Joanna the Myrrhbearer

detail of an antique illustration of Saint Joanna the MyrhhbearerMemorial


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.



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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Joanna the Myrrhbearer“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 June 2017. Web. 18 April 2021. <>