Saint Joseph of Arimathea

detail of a stained glass window depicting Saint Joseph of Arimathea preparing Christ for entombment; Christopher Webb, Saint James' church, Piccadilly, England; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Brother Lawrence Lew, OPAlso known as

  • Joseph of Glastonbury



Wealthy Israelite owner of tin mines in Cornwall. May have been related to Jesus, and certainly was a disciple and student. He is the noble counselor mentioned in the Gospel of Mark. Provided the tomb for Christ, and with the help of Saint Nicodemus, interred Jesus. Tradition says he brought the Faith and the Holy Grail to England. When he planted his traveller‘s staff in Glastonbury, it took root and became a thorn tree which flowered each Christmas Day.






Merciful God, whose servant Joseph of Arimathaea with reverence and godly fear, prepared the body of our Lord and Savior for burial, and laid it in his own tomb: Grant to us, your faithful people, grace and courage to love and serve Jesus with sincere devotion all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


  • very old man carrying a pot of ointment
  • very old man carrying a flowering staff
  • very old man carrying a pair of altar cruets
  • flowering staff
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Joseph of Arimathea“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 June 2020. Web. 16 May 2021. <>