[[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]].
Along with St. [[Nicodemus the Righteous|Nicodemus]], St. Joseph removed Christ's body from the Cross 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 [[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 England, where he reposed in the Lord .
== Source ==
*St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic]], ''The [[Prologue of Ohrid]]''
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=109009 Righteous Joseph of Arimathea] ([[OCA]])
*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/j/phn43.htm Icon and Story of St. Joseph of Arimathea]