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Old 7th December 2009, 02:41 PM
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I've read that, although it does not say so specifically in Scripture, Jesus first appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary after his Resurrection. Is this true or verifiable?
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Old 7th December 2009, 03:35 PM
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I've read that, although it does not say so specifically in Scripture, Jesus first appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary after his Resurrection. Is this true or verifiable?

[Mark]
{16:9} But he, rising early on the first Sabbath, appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

Scripture explicitly states that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdelene. So this must be true.

However, Pope John Paul II once said (i forget where) that the Virgin Mary was the first to know that Christ had risen. And Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich said something similar, that the Virgin Mary knew that Christ had risen:

"At the very moment in which the angel entered the sepulchre and the earth quaked, I saw
our Lord appear to his holy Mother on Calvary. His body was beautiful and lightsome, and
its beauty was that of a celestial being. He was clothed in a large mantle, which at one
moment looked dazzlingly white, as it floated through the air, waving to and fro with every
breath of wind, and the next reflected a thousand brilliant colours as the sunbeams passed
over it. His large open wounds shone brightly, and could be seen from a great distance: the
wounds in his hands were so large that a finger might be put into them without difficulty;
and rays of light proceeded from them, diverging in the direction of his fingers. The souls of
the patriarchs bowed down before the Mother of our Saviour, and Jesus spoke to her
concerning his Resurrection, telling her many things which I have forgotten. He showed her
his wounds; and Mary prostrated to kiss his sacred feet; but he took her hand, raised her,
and disappeared."
Dolorous Passion, Chapter LXIII

This claim by Emmerich does not contradict Scripture, for He appeared to Mary Magdalene in person, but first to Mary in a vision only. So Mary knew first, but Magdalene was the first to whom he appeared physically in person. This was fitting since Christ died and rose for the repentance of sinners, and Magdalene had repented greatly from sin.
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Old 7th December 2009, 05:29 PM
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Consistent with what you wrote, St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote as follows in the Spiritual Exercises:

OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST OUR LORD OF HIS FIRST APPARITION
First Point. First: He appeared to the Virgin Mary. This, although it is not said in Scripture, is included in saying that He appeared to so many others, because Scripture supposes that we have understanding, as it is written: “‘Are you also without understanding?”
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