Joseph of Arimathaea

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Merciful God, whose servant Joseph of Arimathaea with reverence and godly fear did prepare the body of our Lord and Savior for burial, and did lay it in his own tomb: Grant, we beseech thee, to us thy faithful people, grace and courage to love and serve Jesus with sincere devotion all the days of our life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Merciful God, whose servant Joseph of Arimathaea with reverence and godly fear prepared the body of our Lord and Savior for burial, and laid it in his own tomb: Grant to us, your faithful people, grace and courage to love and serve Jesus with sincere devotion all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Proverbs 4:10–18

10 Hear, my child, and accept my words,
   that the years of your life may be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom;
   I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered;
   and if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
   guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
   and do not walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it; do not go on it;
   turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
   they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness
   and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
   which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

Psalm: 
Psalm 16:5-11 or 112:1–9

5 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; *
       it is you who uphold my lot.
6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
       indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *
       my heart teaches me, night after night.
8 I have set the Lord always before me; *
       because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
       my body also shall rest in hope.
10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
       nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11 You will show me the path of life; *
       in your presence there is fullness of joy,
       and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

or

1 Hallelujah!
  Happy are they who fear the Lord *
       and have great delight in his commandments!
2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *
       the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches will be in their house, *
       and their righteousness will last for ever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
       the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
5 It is good for them to be generous in lending *
       and to manage their affairs with justice.
6 For they will never be shaken; *
       the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
7 They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
       their heart is right;
       they put their trust in the Lord.
8 Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
       until they see their desire upon their enemies.
9 They have given freely to the poor, *
       and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
       they will hold up their head with honor.

Gospel: 
Luke 23:50-56

50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, 51had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. 52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. 54It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. 55The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.

On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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