Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus at night, came now in broad daylight carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.
They took Jesus’ body and, following the Jewish burial custom, wrapped it in linen with the spices.
There was a garden near the place he was crucified, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed.
So, because it was Sabbath preparation for the Jews and the tomb was convenient, they laid Jesus there.
O God, Creator of heaven and earth:
Grant that, as the crucified body of Jesus was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy sabbath,
so we may await the coming of the third day,
and rise with Christ to newness of life;
who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.