50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, 51 had 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. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then 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. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
Prayer: Lord Jesus: you accepted death’s strong bond in our behalf. You experienced what must come to all of us so you could be one of us. We confess that we are anxious about our end. Assure us that since you rose from the dead we too can triumph over our fears in the faith that if we die with you we shall also rise with you to eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.