Looking for an image to put with this posting, I found this, a mural from the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. There don't seem to be that many images of J of A, so I thought it was lovely and appropriate that he's in the nation's capitol, seeing as he's a guy who knew how to deal with temporal authority, serving on the council (but not approving!, Luke adds), and asking Pontius Pilate for Christ's body.
I think J of A should be the patron saint of lobbyists. That's what he did, isn't it? He went to the government to ask for a political favor. Instead, he is the patron saint of undertakers and funeral directors. Well, all I can say is I like my idea better. Let's pretend it's true. Joseph of Arimathea: patron saint of lobbyists. A perfect image for the National Cathedral.
"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."