In much of Christian Iconography, the women are not even included in the painting! This one however shows it more true to the bible which recounts that the women were very much present and as my pastor has often quipped, Mary was most likely instructing “the boys” on true faith.
The legend of Mary's faith is extraordinary. In fact it said that they had to gently remove her from Jesus’ grave because she alone was certain in her heart that he would rise again and she wanted to wait for it… from that same trust and deep understanding of her son’s words she was able to teach the apostles with and without words, especially the nine days after the ascension in that upper room, waiting for the Spirit to descend.
Many women played an "equal to the apostles" role in the early Church and in my understanding that hasn't changed today! Different roles perhaps, but not less important.
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