The Glastonbury Thorn      

a 2018 compilation by ""


The Glastonbury thorn legend is attached to Christ's death

as well as the celebration of his birth. The legend goes that soon after

the death of Christ, Joseph of Arimathea came to Britain

to spread the message of Christianity.

When he traveled there from the Holy Land he brought with him

his staff. Being tired from his journey, he lay down to rest.

In doing so, he pushed his staff into the ground beside him.

When he awoke, he found that the staff had taken root and begun

to grow and blossom. It is said he left it there and it has flowered every

Christmas and every spring .

One of the sories also mention that a puritan trying to cut down the tree was blinded by

a splinter of the wood before he could do so. The original thorn did

eventually die but not before many cuttings had been taken.

It is one of these very cuttings which is in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey today.