ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA
HE was a member of the Jewish Sanhedrim, but a
faithful disciple of Jesus. It was no small proof of his great piety,
that, though he had riches and honors to lose, he feared not the
malice of men, but at a time when the apostles trembled, boldly
declared himself a follower of Jesus who was crucified; and with the
greatest devotion embalmed and buried his sacred body. This saint was
the patron of Glastenbury, where a church and hermitage, very famous
in the times of the ancient Britons,* were built by the first
apostles of this island: among whom some moderns have placed St.
Joseph himself, and Aristobulus.