John 19:38-42 The Burial of Jesus

Entrance to Herod’s family tomb, Jerusalem

After these things, Joseph from Arimathea (who was a disciple of Jesus, but only in secret, because of fear of the Jewish leaders) asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate let him. So he went and took away his body. 

Nicodemus too, the one who earlier came to him by night, also went, carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes – about a hundred pounds. 

So they took Jesus’s body and wrapped it in linens with the spices, as is the custom of the Jews to prepare for burial. 

There was in the place where he was crucified a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one ever had been placed. 

So they placed Jesus there, because of the Jewish Day of Preparation, since it was nearby.

Thank you, dear Jesus,
for all you have given me,
for all you have taken away from me,
for all you have left me.

Thomas More (c.1478-1535)

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