THE HOLY GRAIL
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
The Never Ending
Many scholars have researched and
written about the Holy Grail throughout history but there is no definitive
answer to the often asked question: What is the Holy Grail? The answer to that
would surely be the end of the quest.
The story of the Grail begins with the Last Supper
of Christ before he was crucified. The Grail is believed to be the challis that
he used to celebrate the first communion, or Eucharist, with the Apostles. After
Christ's death, Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy Jewish merchant, requested and
was given Christ's body. He prepared the body for burial and placed it in a tomb
that he had originally prepared for himself.
All of this had to have been done quickly, before the Sabbath Day. One of the
rituals of the time was that any blood shed by the deceased was to be collected
and buried with the body in the tomb. There has been evidence that the Grail was
also used to collect the blood that fell from the wound in Christ's side as he
hung on the cross. Hence, the Grail would have been placed in the tomb.
There it remained until Helena, mother of the first Christian Emperor of Rome,
found the Tomb of Christ. The Grail was supposedly recovered and remained in
Rome until the fall of the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages.
The story then is blurred between the Biblical and the legend. The Boy King,
Arthur, ascended to the throne in the area of Britain and brought peace to the
area after much strife. As the legend goes, the time of tranquility left the
Knights of the Round Table lazy and bored until one day during the feast of the
Pentecost, an object came to hover above the table and threw a magnificent light
all around the room. The object was said to be the Holy Grail. It then
disappeared and the Knights had a new reason for being - the Quest had begun.
To fill in some of the gaps in the Grail's story,
we go back to Joseph of Arimathea. It is believed that after Christ's death and
resurrection, Joseph and a group of people including his daughter and son-in-law
traveled to the area that was to become Britain. Joseph took the cup with them
and it was used to continue the ritual of the Eucharist. When Joseph died, the
Grail was passed to Bron, the son-in-law. He guarded it faithfully, even after
being mortally wounded; Sir Galahad arrived and took possession of the Grail.
Sir Galahads quest had ended.
There is no Holy Grail on display in any museum to give us a tangible, touchable
artifact to believe in. All that is left are writings of the Bible and the
legends of Arthur and his Knights to spark the imaginations and curiosity of
scholars, history buffs and followers of magicians and wizards. This is enough
to keep our quest for answers alive.
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