Feast of St. Joseph of Arimathea; Christian Religious Observance; March 17; Disciple of Jesus who provided the tomb for Jesus’ burial. By tradition, he was Jesus’ uncle and took him to Britain on a tin-trading trip. After the Crucifixion, Joseph and others settled at Glastonbury in A.D. 63 or 64, erecting the first church in Britain, which became its most sacred spot. Patron saint of tin workers, working travelers, and funeral directors.
A secret disciple, Righteous Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the Lord's body. He removed it from the Cross, wrapped it in linen, and buried it in a grave in the Garden of Gethsemane that he had prepared for himself. Together with the MostHoly Mother of God and the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women, he rolled a heavy stone at the entrance to the Tomb. Righteous Joseph preached the Gospel around the world, and died peacefully in England. (Jul 31; icon by Deacon Matthew Garrett, Flickr)