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August 31
(Also celebrated on March 17)


Saint of the day:
Saint Joseph of Arimathea
Uncle of Jesus

Brought  Christianity to Britain
Patron Saint of funeral directors & pallbearers

Saint Joseph of Arimathea's Story 

The councillor (Lk 23:50) who, after the Crucifixion, requested the body of Christ from Pontius Pilate and provided for a proper burial for Christ. An immensely popular figure in Christian lore, Joseph was termed in the New Testament the "virtuous and righteous man" (Lk 23:50) and the man "who was himself awaiting the kingdom of God" (Mk 15:43). Described as .... . secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, [he] asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it" (In 19:38). According to the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus, he helped establish the community of Lydda. He also was a prominent figure in the legends surrounding the Holy Grail, appearing in Rob­ert de Barron's early thirteenth-century romance Joseph d 'Arirnathea, William of Malmesbury's twelfth-century De Antiquitate Glastoniensis Ecclesiae, and Thomas Mallory's famed Morte D 'Arthur; William of almesbury's tale recounts Joseph's arrival in England with the Holy Grail and the building of the first church on the isle at Glastonbury; the passage on Joseph, however, was added in the thirteenth century.





Syriac Orthodox Chapel of Saint Joseph of Arimathea and Saint Nicodemus also called

Jacobite chapel inside the Church of Holy Sepulchre in the Christian quarter East Jerusalem Israel

Quimper Cathedral (France)

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rodez


England, UK 




We are celebrating with a British recipe because our Saint had ties with Glastonbury.

He brought Christianity to Britain.

Coventry God Cake (in the UK)

A Coventry God cake is a triangular parcel of puff pastry, glazed with milk and sugar to give it a crunchy texture, and filled with currants, mixed peel, and spices. God cakes were traditionally presented by godparents to their godchildren at new year, along with a blessing for the year ahead.


  • 225 grams (8 oz) puff pastry

  • mincemeat

  • egg white (lightly beaten)

  • caster sugar


  1. Roll the pastry out to 5 mm (1/4 inch) thick and trim to 10 cm (4 in) squares.

  2. Place a generous teaspoon of mincemeat on each square.

  3. Dampen the edges of the pastry and fold over to form a traingle.

  4. Brush the top with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar.

  5. Preheat oven to 230°C (450°F / Gas Mark 8)

  6. Bake for around 15 minutes until golden brown.

Mincemeat Recipe

  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, chopped

  • 1 cup apple cider

  • 1 cup candied red cherries

  • ⅔ cup dark brown sugar

  • ½ cup dried apricots, chopped

  • ½ cup dried cherries

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • ½ cup dried currants

  • ½ cup dried figs, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest

  • ½ cup fresh orange juice

  • ½ cup golden raisins

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ¼ cup schmaltz or unsalted butter

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup dark rum, divided


  1. Simmer apples, apple cider, candied cherries, brown sugar, apricots, dried cherries, cranberries, currants, figs, orange zest, orange juice, golden raisins, raisins, schmaltz, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and ¾ cup rum in a medium pot over medium heat and cook,

  2. stirring occasionally, until almost all of the liquid is evaporated, 30–25 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ¼ cup rum.

  4. Transfer to a medium bowl, cover, and chill 24–48 hours to let flavors develop.

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