In reading the headlines over the last year, one would think that finding the Holy Grail was as easy as picking up a shell on a shoreline. It would seem almost trendy to pick a location for the final resting place of the world’s greatest treasure. The fact is that there are more candidates for the Holy Grail out there than one could shake a rather large stick at. This is the first part of a series chronicling some of the different types and traditions of the Grail.
In this first installment of “Here a Grail, There a Grail”, we’ll focus on the Grail as some sort of vessel. This is, by far, the most predominate theory of the nature of the Grail. Most traditions link the Grail as being a vessel used at the Last Supper, although this is not always the case. The following are a description of vessels that hold to being the Grail. This will be the first part of this article. The list was just too long to present in one blog.
Chalice (Image Link) Antioch
This cup was shown at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair as being the Holy Grail. Found in
In part of 2007’s strange events in Italy the Telegraph reported that Italian archeologist Alfredo Barbagallo had found the Grail. Barbagallo’s Grail is supposedly buried in a crypt under a terracotta funnel used in funeral rites at the Basilica of San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura. Barbagallo believes that the Grail was entrusted to Saint Lawrence just days before his martyrdom. At this time there has been no indication that the
Dish (or the Chalice Well Cup) Glastonbury
One of the stranger tales of the acquisition of the Holy Grail was presented in early 1900’s
The only person Dr. Goodchild told about his visions and extracurricular activities was William Sharp. Sharp was an author that wrote about Celtic mysticism under the pseudonym of Fiona Macleod in the 1890’s. Supposedly, neither Goodchild nor Sharp ever told anyone of the disposition of the cup.
All would seem top have been forgotten about the Dish. Sharp died in 1905, supposedly taking the location of the cup to his grave. Goodchild also was not speaking of his find. However, mystical visions intervene a second time in this tale. In 1906, a grain merchant from
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Chalice (Image Link) Valencia
This is possibly one of the most identifiable cups that has laid claim to the Holy Grail. Pope John Paul II even celebrated Mass with this Chalice in 1992, but left short of indicating it was the Grail. Pope Benedict XVI also stopped over in
Tradition around this Chalice says that Saint Peter brought it from
When looking at the pictures of the Chalice, one has to remember that it is actually two stone bowls in a gold mounting. The bowls have been dated by Antonio Beltran, professor of archaeology at the