Joseph of Arimathea, righteous

Dates of commemoration

May 12

(Church calendar - Apr 29) Sunday of Myrrh-Bearing Women, righteous Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (movable feast- on the 3rd Sunday of Pascha)


Righteous Joseph of Arimathea was a secret disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. As a member of the Sanhedrin he did not participate in the “counsel and deed” of the Jews in passing a death sentence for Jesus Christ. After the Crucifixion and Death of the Savior he made bold to go to Pilate and ask him for the Body of the Lord, to Which he gave burial with the help of Righteous Nicodemus, who was also a secret disciple of the Lord.

They took down the Body of the Savior from the Cross, wrapped it in a winding-cloth, and placed it in a new tomb, in which no one had ever been buried, in the Garden of Gethsemane, in the presence of the Mother of God and the holy Myrrh-Bearing Women (St Joseph had prepared this tomb for himself). Having rolled a heavy stone before the entrance of the tomb, they departed (John. 19: 37-42; Mt. 27: 57-61; Mark 15: 43-47; Luke. 24: 50-56).

St Joseph traveled around the world, proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. He died peacefully in England.


Holy relic type

unless specified otherwise below, "holy relic" means a fragment of a bone of the saint

1. Holy relic
2. Holy relic

Location of the holy relic in the Cathedral:

1. Icon "Entombment of Christ" on the Oblation Table, north side of the Altar
2. Relics cabinet in the Altar sacristy, reliquary #9



Тропарь Иосифу Аримафейскому, праведному,
Благообразный Иосиф с древа снем пречистое Твое тело, / плащаницею чистою обвив, / и благоуханьми во гробе нове закрыв положи / но тридневен воскресл еси Господи, / подаяй мирови велию милость.

Address of our Cathedral

  • 4001 17th St. N.W.,
  • Washington, D.C., 20011

Phone  (202) 726-3000




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