[[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 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 [[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 Britain, where he reposed peacefully in the Lord.
[[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.
*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]