The Myrrh-bearing women are those women who followed the Lord, along with His Mother. They remained with her during the time of the saving Passion, and anointed the Lord's body with myrrh. Joseph and Nikodemos asked for and received the Lord's body from Pilate. They took it down from the Cross, wrapped it in linen cloths and spices, then they laid it in a tomb, and then they placed a great stone over the entrance of the tomb.
According to the Evangelist Matthew (27:57-61) Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joses (Mark 15:40) were there sitting opposite the tomb, and they saw where He had been laid. This other Mary was the Mother of God. Not only were these present, but also many other women, as Saint Luke says (24:10).
Today the Church honors Saints Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Cleopas, Joanna, Salome, mother of the sons of Zebedee, Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus, and the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, who was the stepmother of her husband Joseph’s sons James, and Joses.
Today we also also remember Saint Joseph of Arimathea, who was a secret disciple (John 19:38), and Saint Nikodemos, who was a disciple by night (John 3:3).
Also, listen to a podcast by the late Fr Tom Hopko on the holy Myrrh-bearing Women, where he examines who the myrrh-bearing women were and clears up some misconceptions about Mary Magdalene in the process.
The Noble Joseph,
when he had taken down Your most pure Body from the tree,
wrapped it in fine linen and anointed it with spices,
and placed it in a new tomb.
But You rose on the third day, O Lord,
ranting the world great mercy.
You commanded the myrrhbearers to rejoice, O Christ.
By Your Resurrection, You stopped the lamentation of Eve, the first mother.
You commanded them to preach to Your apostles,
"The Savior is risen from the tomb!"
Father Aleksey - your friendly Singac priest