The Lessons Appointed for Use
on the Feast of
Joseph of Arimathaea
Psalm 16:5-11 or
Preface of the Commemoration of the Dead
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.
Hear, my child, and accept my words,
that the years of your life may be many.
I have taught you the way of wisdom;
I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
When you walk, your step will not be hampered;
and if you run, you will not stumble.
Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
guard her, for she is your life.
Do not enter the path of the wicked,
and do not walk in the way of evildoers.
Avoid it; do not go on it;
turn away from it and pass on.
For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
For they eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
Psalm 16:5-11 Page 600, BCP
Conserva me, Domine
- O LORD, YOU are my portion and my cup; *
it is you who uphold my lot.
- My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
- I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; *
my heart teaches me, night after night.
- I have set the LORD always before me; *
because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
- My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
my body also shall rest in hope.
- For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
- I 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.
Psalm 112:1-9 Page 755, BCP
Happy are they who fear the Lord *
and have great delight in his commandments!
- Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
- Wealth and riches will be in their house, *
and their righteousness will last for ever.
- Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
- It is good for them to be generous in lending *
and to manage their affairs with justice.
- For they will never be shaken; *
the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
- They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
their heart is right;
they put their trust in the Lord.
- Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
until they see their desire upon their enemies.
- They have given freely to the poor, *
and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
they will hold up their head with honor.
Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, 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. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 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. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
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