Joseph of Arimathea
Our father among the saints Joseph of Arimathea was a wealthy member of the Jewish Sanherdrin and a secret follower of Christ (Matt. 27:25; John 19:38). Along with St. 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. His feast day is celebrated on July 31.