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St. Joseph of Arimathea July 31

Added: Friday, July 31st 2020 at 5:24pm by ceilede
 
 
 

Joseph of Arimathea was the Virgin Mary's uncle. It was he, along with St. John
who buried Jesus after the crucifixion. Joseph, in the tin trade, made a lot of
trips to Britain, where being a rich merchant made close contact with British
Royalty; namely Kings Beli, Lud, Llyr and Arviragus, who gave Joseph and his
companions some 2000 acres of land, tax free. On these trips to Britain, Joseph
took Jesus, as we know through many geographical, historical and traditional
references. The details of this study are taken mainly from "The Drama of the
Lost Disciples", by George F. Jowett.

Historians William of Malmesbury, (Born 1080 died 1143), Polydore Vergil (Born
1470 died 1555) and others all place Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury. Even
the four Church councils of Pisa 1409, Constance 1417, Sienna 1424 and Basle
1434, mention that "the Churches of France and Spain must yield in points of
antiquity and precedence to that of Britain as the latter Church was founded by
Joseph of Arimathea immediately after the passion of Christ."  Three Celtic Orthodox Bishops (London, Lincoln and York) were present at the Council of Arles in 314 A.D.

Joseph, with many disciples traveled from the holy land by boat and landed at Marseilles, in the Vienoise province of the Gauls (France). From there he went on to England where he established the church, sent out missionaries, and helped in the conversion of the Royal family.
 
In his "Ecclesiastical Annals", Cardinal Baronius,  (1538-1607) Curator of the Vatican library, gives this account. "In that year the party mentioned was exposed to the sea in a vessel without sails or oars. The vessel drifted finally to Marseilles and they were saved. From
Marseilles Joseph and his company passed into Britain and after preaching the Gospel there, died."
 
How many of the disciples were with Joseph of Arimathea during his short stay in Gaul, before going on to England, is hard to say. Various existing records agree in part with the Cardinal Baronius record, naming among the occupants of the castaway boat Mary Magdalene, Martha, the hand-maiden Marcella, Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead, and Maximin the man whose sight Jesus restored. Other records state that Philip and James accompanied Joseph. Others report that Mary, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary, the
mother of Jesus, were also in the boat. Here's Baronius' complete list of passsengers:


            St. Mary, wife of Cleopas
            St. Martha
            St. Lazarus
            St. Eutropius
            St. Salome
            St. Cleon
            St. Saturninus
            St. Mary Magdalene
            Marcella, the Bethany sisters' maid
            St. Maximin
            St. Martial
            St. Trophimus
            St. Sidonius (Restitutus)
            St. Joseph of Arimathea
 
True to God's way, Philip was waiting for the travelers in France. There is a wealth of uncontroversial testimony asserting his commission in Gaul, all of which alike state that he received and consecrated Joseph, preparatory to his embarkation and appointment
as the Apostle to Britain.
 
Although there are some who would argue for France being first, most records agree that Britain, at Glastonbury was the Root of the Christian movement. One would expect that history would show that the missionary activities would flow out of the well-spring of
Christianity. And well does history record this. The Gaulic records state that for centuries the Archbishops of Treves and Rheims were all Britons supplied by the mother church at Glastonbury-Avalon. St. Cadval, a famed British missionary, going out from Glastonbury,
founded the church of Tarentum, Italy, A.D. 170. Did you notice that this was four hundred years before St. Augustine? And as we'll see later, even this date was at least fourteen years after King Lucius Christianized all of Britain in A.D. 156.  

Converts literally flooded into Glastonbury for conversion, baptism, instruction and missionary assignment. Philip sent, from Gaul alone, one hundred sixty disciples to assist Joseph and his team with the crowds. And it is surely known that helpers were sent from other places beside France.
 
One of the first to go out from Glastonbury was Mary and Martha's brother Lazarus. He headed straight back to Marseilles where he held the Bishopric for seven years. But that was only natural. France was a Family thing for the Bethany household.
 
Many famous names are recorded as having been associated with Glastonbury-Avalon. Sidonis, Saturninus, and Cleon taught and supported other Missionaries in Gaul, then returned to Britain. Martial's parents, Marcellus and Elizabeth were there along with St.
Zacchaeus. Many faithful Judeans moved to Britain. Parmena, disciple of Joseph, was appointed the first Bishop of Avignon. Drennalus, helped Joseph found the church at Morlaix. He was then appointed to Treguier as it's first Bishop.
 
Beatus founded the church in Helvetia, after receiving his baptism and education at Avalon. Beatus was baptized by St. Barnabas,the brother of Aristobulus. Beatus was sent in advance by St. Paul to Britain. He is referred to in scripture as Joses, the Levite.
 
Mansuetus was consecrated the first Bishop of the Lotharingians A.D. 49, with his See at Toul. He also founded the church at Lorraine.
 
Mansuetus was a constant visitor at the Palace of the British at Rome after Claudia had married Pudens. Mansuetus was a friend of Linus, the first Bishop of Rome, and brother of Claudia. At the age of 17, Claudia (former name Gladys (means Princess) the Younger, married Pudens a Roman Senator.
 
Many Apostles especially Paul were frequent visitors to the home of Claudia and Pudens. St. Paul was the half brother of Pudens, the husband of Claudia. Priscilla was mother
to St. Paul and Puden. Eurgain (ClaudiaĆ­s sister) was the first woman Baptized in Britain and she was Baptized by St. Joseph of Arimathea.
 
Linus, the first Bishop of Rome who had been consecrated by St. Paul was the Grandson of Joseph of Arimathea.  In 66 A.D. Claudia, her husband and children were able to claim the mutilated body of St. Paul from the Romans and bury him on Pudens estate.
 
After the death of St. Clement, Mansuetus became the third official Bishop of the British
Church at Rome. Thus we have three disciples of Avalon, instructed by St. Joseph, to become, in succession, Bishops of Rome.
 
Iltigius, in "De Patribus Apostolicis", quotes St. Peter as saying; "Concerning the Bishops who have been ordained in our lifetime, we make known to you that they are these. Of Antioch, Eudoius, ordained by me, Peter. Of the Church of Rome, Linus, son of Claudia, was
first ordained by Paul, and after Linus's death, Clemens the second, ordained by me, Peter."
 
St. Joseph built a little chapel on the hills of Glastonbury in southern England. The church stood on the same spot until Cromwell had in torn down in 1665.
 
With the disruptions caused by the pagan Anglo-Saxons, the Celtic Church was forced to the fringes of the Celtic Britain, hiding in caves and on small islands. It took on the monastic-style of leadership. There was considerable monastic influence from the Coptic Church
(Coptic Orthodox who were Egyptian).

The Northern portion of the Island (Scotland and England) was primarily Evangelized by the Celtic Church in Iona. The Celtic Church was also strong in Cornwall and Wales. In the South, it centered on Kent and Canterbury. 

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