And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices…
Visitors to the catacombs at Rome never fail to observe the inscriptions over the graves of those early Christians who, escaping from persecution, took refuge in these subterranean abodes. Their friends inscribed over their resting place these blessed words, "Requiescat in pace — Rest in peace." Sometimes they added an anchor, which was a favourite emblem with them — the symbol at once of their tempestuous lot, and of the calm trust with which it was borne.
(A. J. Parry.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.