St. Laurence & the Holy Grail

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Ignatius Press, 8. märts 2011 - 303 pages

Many scholars are convinced that The Holy Chalice of Valencia is the Holy Grail, celebrated in medieval legends as it was venerated by monks in the secluded Monastery of San Juan de la Peña, built into a rocky outcropping of the Spanish Pyrenees. The tradition of Aragón has always insisted that the flaming agate cup of the Holy Chalice was sent to Spain by St. Laurence, the glorious Spaniard martyred on a gridiron during the Valerian persecution in Rome in 258 AD.

Now there is new evidence: A sixth-century manuscript written in Latin by St. Donato, an Augustinian monk who founded a monastery in the area of Valencia, provides never-before-published details about Laurence, born in Valencia but destined for Italy, where he became treasurer and deacon of the Catholic Church under Pope Sixtus II. It explicitly mentions the details surrounding the transfer of the Holy Cup of the Last Supper to Spain.

Janice Bennett acquaints the reader with the enthralling story of the Holy Chalice, the renowned relic that embarked from the Last Supper on an amazing pilgrimage that providentially ended in the Cathedral of Valencia, a miraculous odyssey that has been characterized by danger, greed, martyrdom and fire. It is a fascinating and captivating account that will dispel forever the erroneous notion that the famous relic was ever lost. The mythical Quest for the Holy Grail is now over. Includes 20 pages of color illustrations.

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Contents

Illustrations
7
Part 1
17
The Holy Grail in Valencia
28
Part 2
39
Chapter 4
46
Chapter 5
53
Part 3
63
Contents
73
The Spanish Civil War
197
The Laurentine Centennial
205
Part 6
213
Archaeology of the Holy Grail
226
Part 7
235
The Holy Chalice Represented in Art
245
Veneration of St Laurence in Huesca
257
Epilogue
277

Chapter 8
84
Part 4
152
Chapter 11
168
Chapter 12
174
THE AGE OF DOCUMENTATION
187
Bibliography
284
Index
290
Acknowledgments
303
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