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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 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.
==Hymn==
[[Troparion]] ([[Tone ]] 2)[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/j/phn43.htm]
: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]]''
== 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==
*[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]
*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=517 Joseph the Righteous of Arimathea]
*[http://www.stjosephorthodoxchurch.ca/default.cfm?module=%2747%29%20FH%2A%2D7%20%20%20%0A 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:Saints]]
[[Category:1st-century saints]]
 
[[ro:Iosif din Arimateea]]
[[el:Ιωσήφ Αριμαθαίας]]

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