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Joseph of Arimathea

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[[image:JosephArimathea.jpg|right|thumb|St Joseph of Arimathea, who buried the crucified Christ.]]The holy and righteous '''Joseph of Arimathea''' was a wealthy member of the Jewish [[Sanhedrin]] and a secret follower of [[Christ]] ([[Gospel of Matthew|Matt.]] 27:25; [[Gospel of John|John]] 19:38). His [[feast day]] is [[July 31]]. He is also commemorated on the [[Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women|Sunday of the Myrrhbearers]]—the second Sunday after [[Pascha]].
Along with St. [[Nicodemus the Righteous|Nicodemus]], St. Joseph removed Christ's body from the Cross , prepared it for burial, and placed it in his own sepulchre. Jewish spies found out about this and told their authorities , who imprisoned St. Joseph. However, the resurrected Christ appeared to St. Joseph in prison and convinced him of His his [[Resurrection]]. Some time later the Jews released St. Joseph from prison and banished him from [[Jerusalem]]. He then traveled throughout the whole world preaching the [[Gospel]], eventually sowing the seeds of salvation in EnglandBritain, where he reposed peacefully in the Lord. ==Hymn==[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 2) []:The noble Joseph, taking down thy most pure Body from the Tree,:wrapped it in clean linen and sweet spices and laid it in a new tomb.:But on the third day thou didst rise, O Lord, granting the world great mercy.
== Source ==
*St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic]], ''The [[Prologue of Ohrid]]''
== Further Reading ==*Lewis, Rev. Lionel Smithett (M.A., Late Vicar of Glastonbury). ''St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury or The Apostolic Church of Britain''. 7th ed. James Clarke & Co Ltd., London, 1955. (ISBN 0-7188-9165-1). ==External linklinks==
*[ Righteous Joseph of Arimathea] ([[OCA]])
*[ Icon and Story of St. Joseph of Arimathea]
*[ Joseph the Righteous of Arimathea]
*[ St. Joseph of Arimathea Orthodox Church] - The longer version of St. Joseph's Life
*[[w:Joseph of Arimathea|Joseph of Arimathea]] at Wikipedia.
[[Category:Biblical Saints]]
[[Category:1st-century saints]]
[[ro:Iosif din Arimateea]]
[[el:Ιωσήφ Αριμαθαίας]]

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