The holy and [[righteous]] '''Nicodemus''' was a Pharisee who came to hear the Lord by night. After the [[Crucifixion]], he acted as one of the Holy Myrrhbearers. Because of this, he is commemorated on the [[Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women]], two weeks after [[Pascha]].
In the [[Gospel of John]], he appears three times. The first is the aforementioned encounter, where he visits Jesus in the dead of the night (in order to avoid persecution by the Sanhedrin, the Jewish temple leaders, of which he was a member) to listen to his teachings (John 3:1-21). This meeting, a poignant scene in the [[Gospel]], is where Jesus tells Nicodemus that one must be "born again" in order to enter into the Kingdom of God. The second appearance is in John 7:45-51, where he states the law concerning the arrest of Jesus at the Feast of Booths. Finally, his last appearance is after the [[Crucifixion]] where he assists the [[Joseph of Arimathea|Noble Joseph]] in recovering Jesus' body and preparing it for burial (John 19:39-42).