Saint Joseph of Arimathea

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Saint Joseph of Arimathea (âr´Ĭməthē´ə), in the New Testament, wealthy man, probably a member of the Sanhedrin, who gave the body of Jesus a decent burial. The Christian Church has always honored him. The stories connecting him with the Holy Grail and with the founding of Glastonbury are probably literary fictions of the Middle Ages and have never received the approval of the church. Feast: Mar. 17.

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Joseph of Arimathea, Saint Prosperous Jew who was a secret follower of Jesus Christ. He claimed Christ's body from Pontius Pilate after the crucifixion and attended to its burial. His feast day is March 17 in the West, July 31 in the East.