St. Joseph, of Arimathea
HE was a member of the Jewish Sanhedrim, but a faithful disciple of Jesus. It was no small proof of his great piety, that, though he had riches and honours to lose, he feared not the malice of men, but at a time when the apostles trembled, boldly declared himself a follower of Jesus who was crucified; and with the greatest devotion embalmed and buried his sacred body. This saint was the patron of Glastenbury, where a church and hermitage, very famous in the times of the ancient Britons, 1 were built by the first apostles of this island: among whom some moderns have placed St. Joseph himself, and Aristobulus. 1
Note 1. See Matthew of Westminster, and John of Glastenbury, in their histories of that famous abbey, published by Hearne; also Tanner’s Notitia Monastica.
Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume III: March. The Lives of the Saints. 1866. March 17.