Mary Magdalene And The Red Egg

Eggs are a long symbol for Christians at Easter, and for good reason! The outside resembles the rock of a tomb, and then new life springs forth as a baby bird! But did you know why we decorate eggs at Easter time? There is a fun legend that originates with St. Mary Magdalene that you just have to learn about! I have tons of St. Mary Magdalene resources for kids here, but today, let’s learn about St. Mary Magdalene and the red egg!

mary magdalene and the red egg

Mary Magdalene And The Easter Story

Sometimes I think St. Mary Magdalene doesn’t get enough attention at Easter time! She was the first one to discover the Risen Jesus, and He spoke directly to her! She was also the one coming in the early morning to the tomb. She is the woman that is mentioned more times in the New Testament than any other woman than Mother Mary, and she is an important follower of Jesus!

The resurrection story can’t even be told without mentioning this amazing Saint, so I love that she has a story associated with her to tie her to egg dying at Easter time! 

Legend Of St. Mary Magdalene And The Red Egg

It is said that Mary Magdalene met with Tiberius Caesar after Jesus’ resurrection, and she was carrying an egg. She proclaimed to him “Christ has Risen!” He scoffed at her and told her that was as unlikely as the egg in her hand turning red. Then a miracle happened- the egg immediately turned red right there in her hand!

And check this out- there’s actually a children’s book about the red egg!

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So as you’re dying eggs and having Easter egg hunts this year, remember where this great tradition started. Make Easter about the Lamb, not the bunny! :-)

More St. Mary Magdalene Resources For Kids

Learn about St. Mary Magdalene! She is so important to the Easter story that she deserves some attention this time of year. She also has a great legend including her and the first Easter egg! Learn the story, then dye eggs, have an Easter egg hunt, or do any egg craft or activity. You can find tons of St. Mary Magdalene resources here.

Silly rabbit! Easter is for Jesus!!!

You can find all of my Christ-centered resources for Easter here.

And you can find all of my Lenten resources for kids here.

Make it about the lamb, not the bunny!


  1. tammy cordery says

    Wow, that is so nice. Did you hear about the three trees that’s a great story too.

  2. I have never heard of this before bit very interesting and I do believe in this. Amen Alleluia