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The Holy Grail, or Holy Chalice, is one of the most sacred and sought-after objects in Christian religion and in Arthurian legend. When we speak in the context of Jesus Christ, it is the cup from which he drank at the Last Supper before being brutally crucified; the cup was also used to collect his blood during the grisly event. Over the years, opinions have differed on what exactly the Holy Grail was.
Some believe it was a written document, while others claim that it represented the womb of the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene.
Researchers and devotees have searched high and low for the elusive cup, with several contenders across the world, such as the Goblet of Infanta Dona Urraca, housed in the Basilica of San Isidoro in Leon, Spain.
Academics have also tried to decipher what happened to the cup right after Jesus’ death.
It wasn’t until around 500 AD that a pilgrim described what is now believed to be the Holy Grail in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
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The time between this period was explored during the Smithsonian Channel documentary, ‘Secrets: The Holy Graal’.
The meal that Jesus ate with his disciples in Jerusalem before the Romans arrested him was a time of extraordinary significance to Christians, and the Grail was used in making the very first communion.
Professor James D Tabor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte told the documentary: “When you think of the Last Supper, there is only one object that is mentioned, there is this reference to ” the mug “.”
Many, like Robert Griffiths Jones, a church leader, believe that such an important object as the cup would have been preserved by the disciples for posterity.
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He said: “They would have liked to keep something that was a testimony to their friend, who that same night had been betrayed and killed.
“They would have left with the cup when he died, and I imagine they would have thought it was special.”
Yet even if it does, what happened to the cup after the fateful night in AD 30 remains a mystery.
Professor Tabor believes he stayed where he was and that the Last Supper has become a meeting place for the new Christian movement.
He said: “They started using it for an assembly, so it’s someone with considerable resources who essentially hands over his private home to the movement and they stay there for the next 40 years.
“And so it’s revered, they remember it.
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“They wanted to be in the same space and they wanted to feel that we are in this holy and holy place.”
The early Christians claimed that they could feel closer to Jesus by being in the very room where they thought he was holding the Last Supper.
Professor Tabor believes they even exhibited objects in the room relating to Jesus.
He said, “You could see artifacts.
“You could see the room where Jesus washed the disciples’ feet.
“They started collecting things together, so it was almost like some kind of primitive museum.”
While the Grail’s demise between 30 and 500 AD can be resolved, it is not known where it is today.
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Next to the Basilica of San Isidoro, Montserrat Abbey north of Barcelona also claims, along with several other places.
Others believe that it is located in Glastonbury in England, Somerset.
According to some historical sources, the Templars discovered the Holy Grail in the Temple in Jerusalem during a campaign.
They then took it away and hid it.
Many literary works have since portrayed the Grail as possessing miraculous healing powers, similar to those held by Jesus.
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The quest for the Holy Grail first found its way into the written text of Chrétien de Troyes’ unfinished Old French novel, Conte del Graal (“Grail History”), or Perceval, which was written around 1180.
Later, Robert de Boron clarified its Christian significance around 1200 AD in his poem Joseph of Arimathea, citing the origins of the Holy Grail at the Last Supper and the death of Christ.
The idea of the Grail became a hit during the medieval period, with stories read and recited about it all over Europe.
Today, the mystery continues to capture the imagination.