What is the Secret of the Grail? King and Earth are ONE
Phrase from the movie “Excalibur“
The Holy Grail is a treasure that serves as an essential motif in Arthurian literature. Different traditions describe it as a cup, dish or stone with miraculous powers that provide happiness, eternal youth or sustenance in infinite abundance, often in the Fisher King’s custody. The term “holy grail” is often used to denote an elusive object or goal that is sought after for its great significance.
A “grail” wondrous but not explicitly holy, first appears in Perceval, le Conte du Graal, an unfinished romance written by Chrétien de Troyes around 1190. Chrétien’s story attracted many continuators, translators and interpreters in the later 12th and early 13th centuries, including Wolfram von Eschenbach, who perceived the Grail as a stone. In the late 12th century, Robert de Boron wrote in Joseph d’Arimathie that the Grail was Jesus’s vessel from the Last Supper, which Joseph of Arimathea used to catch Christ’s blood at the crucifixion. After that, the Holy Grail became interwoven with the Holy Chalice’s legend, the Last Supper cup, a theme continued in works such as the Lancelot-Grail cycle and consequently Le Morte d’Arthur.
One tradition predates the Grail romances: in the 7th century, the pilgrim Arculf reported that the Last Supper chalice was displayed near Jerusalem. In the wake of Robert de Boron’s Grail works, several other items came to be claimed as the true Last Supper vessel. In the late 12th century, one was said to be in Byzantium; Albrecht von Scharfenberg’s Grail romance Der Jüngere Titurel associated it explicitly with the Arthurian Grail but claimed it was only a copy. This item was said to have been looted in the Fourth Crusade and brought to Troyes in France, but it was lost during the French Revolution.
Two relics associated with the Grail survive today. The Sacro Catino (Sacred Basin, also known as the Genoa Chalice) is a green glass dish held at the Genoa Cathedral said to have been used at the Last Supper. Its provenance is unknown, and there are two divergent accounts of how it was brought to Genoa by Crusaders in the 12th century. It was not associated with the Last Supper until later, in the wake of the Grail romances; the first known association is in Jacobus da Varagine’s chronicle of Genoa in the late 13th century, which draws on the Grail literary tradition. The Catino was moved and broken during Napoleon’s conquest in the early 19th century, revealing that it is glass rather than emerald.
The Holy Chalice of Valencia is an agate dish with a mounting for use as a chalice. The bowl may date to Greco-Roman times, but its dating is unclear, and its provenance is unknown before 1399 when it was gifted to Martin I of Aragon. By the 14th century, an elaborate tradition had developed that this object was the Last Supper chalice. This tradition mirrors the Grail material aspects, with several major differences, suggesting a different practice entirely. It is not associated with Joseph of Arimathea or Jesus’ blood; it is said to have been taken to Rome by Saint Peter and later entrusted to Saint Lawrence. Early references do not call it the “Grail”; the first evidence connecting it to the Grail tradition is from the 15th century. The monarchy sold the cup in the 15th century to Valencia Cathedral, where it remains a significant local icon.
Several objects were identified with the Holy Grail in the 17th century. In the 20th century, a series of new items became associated with it. These include the Nanteos Cup, a medieval wooden bowl found near Rhydyfelin, Wales; a glass dish found near Glastonbury, England; and the Antioch chalice, a 6th-century silver-gilt object that became attached to the Grail legend in the 1930s.
The Holy Chalice, also known as the Holy Grail, is in the Christian tradition the vessel that Jesus used at the Last Supper to serve wine. The Synoptic Gospels refer to Jesus sharing a cup of wine with the Apostles, saying it was the covenant in his blood. The use of wine and chalice in the Eucharist in Christian churches is based on the Last Supper story. In the late 12th century, the author Robert de Boron associated the Holy Grail’s pre-existing tale, a magical item from Arthurian literature, with the Holy Chalice. This association was continued in many subsequent Arthurian works, including the Lancelot-Grail (Vulgate) cycle, the Post-Vulgate Cycle, and Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. An ancient cup kept in the Spanish Cathedral of Valencia has been identified since Medieval times as the purported Holy Chalice used at the last supper.
The Gospel of Matthew (26:27-29) says:
And He took a cup and when He had given thanks He gave it to them saying “Drink this, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
This incident, traditionally known as the Last Supper, is also described by the gospel writers, Mark and Luke, and by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians. With the preceding description of the breaking of bread, it is the foundation for the Eucharist or Holy Communion, celebrated regularly in many Christian churches. The Bible makes no mention of the cup except within the context of the Last Supper and gives no significance whatsoever to the object itself.
St. John Chrysostom (347–407 AD) in his homily on Matthew asserted:
The table was not of silver, the chalice was not of gold in which Christ gave His blood to His disciples to drink, and yet everything there was precious and truly fit to inspire awe.
The pilgrim Antoninus of Piacenza (AD 570) in his descriptions of the holy places of Jerusalem, said that he saw “the cup of onyx, which our Lord blessed at the last supper” among many relics displayed at the Basilica erected by Constantine near to Golgotha and the Tomb of Christ.
Herbert Thurston in the Catholic Encyclopedia (1908) concluded that:
No reliable tradition has been preserved to us regarding the vessel used by Christ at the Last Supper. In the sixth and seventh centuries pilgrims to Jerusalem were led to believe that the actual chalice was still venerated in the church of the Holy Sepulchre, having within it the sponge which was presented to Our Saviour on Calvary.
According to one tradition, Saint Peter brought it to Rome and passed it on to his successors (the Popes). In 258, when Emperor Valerian and the Romans were persecuting Christians demanded that relics be turned over to the government, Pope Sixtus II instead gave the cup to one of his deacons, Saint Lawrence, who passed it to a Spanish soldier, Proselius, with instructions to take it to safety in Lawrence’s home country of Spain.
The Holy Grail appears as a miraculous artifact in Arthurian literature in the 12th century and is soon associated with the Holy Chalice.
The “Grail” became interwoven with the legend of the Holy Chalice. The Holy Chalice’s connection with Joseph of Arimathea dates from Robert de Boron’s Joseph d’Arimathie (late 12th century). The fully developed “Grail legend” of the 13th century identifies the Holy Grail with the Holy Chalice used in the Last Supper and later used to collect Christ’s blood, brought to Hispania by Joseph of Arimathea.
The Grail is a stone, more a precious stone the Ordo Lapsit Exillis, it is the Stone that fell from Heaven from Lucifer’s crown during the war in Heaven against Archangel Micheal.
The Chalice, the last supper cup, like I posted in a previous blog:
1- who pick it up?
2- how do we know that is Jesus cup, the pass over supper, call Seder, Jewish participants use four (4) cups each if they are twelve apostles, Jesus, plus Marie of Magdala and others it must have at least fifty six cups (56) on the table, which one is the one?
In modern Occitan, the word Grail comes from the french word grazal, designates the recipient in which traditionalist Toulouse people simmer their famous cassoulet.
In another term, the Grail means the pot. From the Celtic a cauldron.
The cauldron’s legend is from the Celts, a collection of Indo-European peoples in parts of Europe and Anatolia. Late Bronze Age Urnfield culture of Central Europe, which flourished from around 1200 BCE.
Then, the Christians took over the legend and made it their own by transforming the cauldron into a chalice. Then the tale was transformed to be part of a initiatory secret societies to boost their esoteric group.
From Holy Blood and Holy Grail a book who was first published in 1982 by Jonathan Cape in London as an unofficial follow-up to three BBC Two TV documentaries that were part of the Chronicle series. The paperback version was first published in 1983 by Corgi books. A sequel to the book, called The Messianic Legacy, was initially published in 1986. The original work was reissued in an illustrated hardcover version with new material in 2005.
In The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, the authors hypothesized that the historical Jesus married Mary Magdalene. The legendary Holy Grail is Mary Magdalene’s womb, and the sacred royal bloodline gave birth to a daughter.
In short a Celtic cauldron became in few thousands of years the womb of Marie of Magdala.
The story interested us because they where talking about the historical Jesus married Mary Magdalene a part of our own believe.
Abp. Eric Michel
Nota Bene: Joseph of Arimathea knowing in advance that Jesus will be crucified, runs to the Cenacle from Latin “dining room”, also known as the “Upper Room” and was traditionally held to be the site of the Last Supper, pick up one of many cups and runs to the cross to get Jesus blood from the side whom in which he knows in advance that will be happen, All this according that if he consider Jesus to be God, in which it is impossible for a Jew to conceive that.
Cenacle to Jesus’ cross, 7 or 8 min (3.0 km) by car via Route 60, how long Arimathea had to do this?