St Joseph of Arimathea

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Saint Joseph of Arimathea is an important saint in both Roman and British Christianity. He is first of all considered to be the man who took care of Jesus’ body after his death. Thus says the bible, Mark 15:42-47:

It was Preparation Day. So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.

The British Christians also believe as Joseph buried the body of Christ he took a sacred vase and collected therein Jesus’ blood while taking him down from the cross. Joseph was imprisoned by the Jews immediately after he placed the body of Jesus in a stone sepulcher. When they came for him Joseph said:

“Why are you angry against me because I begged the body of Jesus? Behold, I have put him in my new tomb, wrapping in clean linen; and I have rolled a stone to the door of the tomb. And you have acted not well against the just man, because you have not repented of crucifying him, but also have pierced him with a spear.”

They took Joseph and put him in a dark cell without windows. When they left Christ himself appeared in the prison, bringing along the grail. Christ said: “This will comfort you, Joseph of Arimathea, until the day of your liberation.”

After 42 years of imprisonment Vesparian, son of the emperor, came to free Joseph, but thanks to the praise of our good lord time had not passed for Joseph.

Vesparian asked: “Joseph, how long do you think you remained in this prison?”

Joseph replied: “My lord, I think I remained here from Friday until today, and I believe it is Sunday today. Friday, I took the true Prophet down from the cross, and for that I was put in prison.”

As Joseph of Arimathea was set free he knew that he had to travel to Britain, bringing the Grail with him.

St Joseph of Arimathea

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