joseph of arimathea
Mark 14:64). What a gathering of distinguished men we see! Thus, it is assumed that Joseph of Arimathea, who took care of the corpse was actually Mary’s uncle and Jesus’s great-uncle. But who was he? I have read the stories of Jesus in the Bible many times, but for some reason today was the first time that my attention was drawn to Joseph. For Joseph of Arimathea, the opportunity arrived, and he stepped out. With time, the story of Joseph of Arimathea has been told and retold. Thus, some believe Joseph was deliberately associated with Glastonbury to elevate the status of the place. Contact information. Then he laid him in a… This article was transcribed for New Advent by Mike McLeod. You asked a great question on Joseph of Arimathea. Legends also state that when Joseph took a teenaged Jesus with him to England, they visited many places, such as St. Just in Roseland and St Michael's Mount. Ecclesiastical approbation. Such exposition encourages those today, in the right place and time to come on and play their part in God’s kingdom. Is there anyway that these blog articles can be printer friendly? Gigot, Francis. Here are a few quick thoughts on why Joseph’s example is useful for us today: You might be in the right place at the right time to act for the cause of Christ. Get our latest tips and leader helps with our free monthly e-newsletter. Gigot, F. (1910). And yes, the young man could have believed at a future date, but if he did and the gospel writer knew this, stating that victorious end to the story would have been a great part of the gospel message. According to the traditional Roman calendar, his (Western) feast day is March 17. Joseph thus became the first to witness the “Resurrection.”. In the mid-13th-century, an addition made to this mentioned Joseph’s visit to Glastonbury (in Somerset, England) as the head of 12 missionaries sent there to preach by St. Philip the Apostle. However, there was no doubting his allegiance when he boldly went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. The Greek Church celebrates the feast of Joseph of Arimathea on 31 July, and the Roman Church on 17 March. This story could have originated from the tradition of giving away the body of a crucified person to a senior male relative. A stained-glass window at the St John's Church showcases Joseph of Arimathea. Our Biblical Illustrator publication may have more resources for you, Nil. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. Joseph then set up what is known as the first Christian church. Many literary pieces mention Joseph’s visit to England. It has thus given rise to a number of legends. God bless you Fran for this enlightenment. Joseph of Arimathea. He is not part of the liturgical calendar of the Church of England, although he appears on the calendars of some Anglican churches, such as the Episcopal Church, which remembers him on August 1. Joseph of Arimathea and his companions erected a mud and wattle church at Glastonbury; and among their first converts were members of the Royal Family, children of Caracticus, cousin of King Arviragus of South Wales. Mark 15:43, 46 (CSB): “Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, came and boldly went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’s body….After he bought some linen cloth, Joseph took him down and wrapped him in the linen. He carried the Holy Grail (and his pilgrim’s staff) with him. IT IS early in the spring of the year A.D. 33 (Nisan 14 according to the Jewish calendar) as we look in on the home of the high priest Caiaphas in Jerusalem. The additional details which are found concerning him in the apocryphal "Acta Pilati", are unworthy of credence. Another modified version of this legend states that Joseph was a merchant who had gone to England to buy Cornish tin, accompanied by Jesus, his nephew. The Eastern Orthodox churches also commemorate him on the third Sunday of Pascha (which is the second Sunday after Easter). There was no turning back. Still existing royal Charters granted by King Ina, dated A.D. 704, and by King Cnut, dated 1032, attest that they were signed by these kings in this church. Joseph was one of Jesus’s secret disciples. Likewise fabulous is the legend which tells of his coming to Gaul A.D. 63, and thence to Great Britain, where he is supposed to have founded the earliest Christian oratory at Glastonbury. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08520a.htm. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08520a.htm. One of them is a poem by William Blake, known as Jerusalem. Thank you so much. Joseph is considered a saint by both the Eastern and the Western churches. 2- He is mentioned by name in this portion of the gospels, so why not mention his name in the discussion of the rich young ruler? New York: Robert Appleton Company. The Crucifixion of the Master quickened Joseph's faith and love, and suggested to him that he should provide for Christ's burial before the Sabbath began. They then took the body to a man-made cave. Thank you. Do you recommend any other resources to look into him more? Contemporary troubadour Van Morrison composed the song Summertime in England, based on the same legend. May he continue to increase you in his Kingdom business. MLA citation. Imprimatur. The Roman Catholic, the Eastern Orthodox, and a few Protestant churches venerate him as a saint. There are many legends about him, including one … However, Arimathea later came to known as either Ramleh or Ramathaim-Zophim, mentioned in 1 Samuel chapter 19. The editor of New Advent is Kevin Knight. 27:57). He converted the local ruler Ethelbert, too. Up early on Easter 2020…He is Risen! 1- Joseph was a member of the Sanhedrin. When the elders got back to the cell, they did not find Joseph, though the seal was still in its place. Most members of the Sanhedrin were older, and this does not fit the description of the rich young ruler St. Joseph of Arimathea is a biblical figure who has been mentioned in all the four gospels of the New Testament. He thus asked Pontius Pilate if he could get Jesus’s body down and give him a proper burial (John 19:38). The “Glastonbury Thorn” that blooms in the yard of the St John's Church of Glastonbury is used to adorn the breakfast table of the Queen every Christmas.