St. Joseph of Arimathea

St. Joseph of Arimathea
Joseph of Arimathea holding the body of jesus after he was taken down from the cross

Saint Joseph of Arimathea was a disciple of Jesus throughout his lifetime. Even after Jesus’ crucifixion, Joseph donated his own tomb for the funeral preparations of Christ. The Gospel of Mark referred to him as an “honorable counselor,” and there are many other references to him throughout the Bible as a “servant of Christ.”

Legends surrounding Joseph also maintain that he was a keeper of the Holy Grail. Above all, he is known for approaching Pilate after the death of Jesus and requesting His body for burial. Despite his great riches, Joseph kept his humility and was an obedient servant of Christ in his lifetime.

A symbol associated with Saint Joseph of Arimathea is a golden belt. Various chapels have been built throughout the world in remembrance of this saint. He is the Patron Saint of Funeral Directors due to his graceful role in handling Jesus’ body after the crucifixion.

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