The Holy Grail Found?
Has the Holy Grail been found? According to two researchers, the answer is yes. Margarita Torres and Jose Ortega del Rio claim that they have discovered the legendary chalice, which is reported to be the cup that Jesus drank out of at the Last Supper.
The two have been searching for the Holy Grail for over three years, trying to find its location. They claim that they have found the Holy Grail in a church in León, Spain. According to the book they have written, Los Reyes del Grial (“The Kings of the Grail”), they claim that the cup is actually contained inside of another ancient cup, known as the Chalice of Dona Urruca. This Chalice is found at the Basilica of Saint Isidore in León. The researchers tell that the cup has been there since the eleventh century, and has been hidden in the onyx chalice.
The search of Torres and del Rio began in the remains of an Islamic basilica, where they found two Egyptian parchments dating back to the medieval period. According to the documents, the cup, which Jesus used during the Last Supper, was taken by Muslims from the Christian Church in Jerusalem and transported to Cairo. During a severe famine, the chalice was sold to an emir from Deni in exchange for food and other assistance. As time passed the cup was then passed onto the Christian king Ferdinand of Castile.
The two have concluded through their research that this is surely the cup that early Christians claimed Christ used during the Last Supper. Torres tells that this is the only cup that could have made the journey “to Cairo, and then from Cairo to León.”
According to scientific dating done on the cup, researchers have concluded that the cup was clearly made sometime between 200 BC and 100 AD. This would make it in the range of when the legendary Messiah walked the earth.
Over the years, many have searched to find the legendary chalice. This included the legendary King Arthur, who searched his realm believing that he would locate the Grail.
While the chalice is now considered by many to be the cup that Jesus drank out of at the Last Supper, this has not always been the case. Early tradition believed that the “Grail” was originally the plate that the bread was served on at the Last Supper. Another belief that circulated around the same time was that the Grail was the cup that was used to collect Jesus’ blood while He hung from the cross. These three theories (along with the cup that Christ used at the Last Supper) remained the dominant ones for the first 700 years.
In 717, a hermit wrote of a vision he had received from God, where he was shown the dish from the Last Supper. The book, entitled Gradale (Latin for “the Dish”), chronicles the vision of how God showed him a vision of the dish. His book title is the source of the word “grail” that is used today. Gradale got translated into French as Gradalis, which was later transliterated as grael, which became our present form grail.
While many historians have concluded that the Holy Grail is the cup that Jesus used during the Last Supper, there is also a completely different idea of what the Grail may be. Many believe that Jesus had children with Mary Magdalene, and that the Grail is actually the blood line of his children through the ages. While Jesus most likely did not have children, for centuries kings and princes declared that they had God-given authority to rule, because they were a direct descendant of Christ. One of the roles of the Medieval Crusader clan, the Knights Templar, was allegedly to protect the blood line of Christ by misleading people as to the true meaning of “the Holy Grail.”
Two Spanish researches claim that they have found the Holy Grail. Whether this is true or not is not known for sure. If they have, they have answered one of the great mysteries of history.
Commentary by Robert Pannier