Saint Laurence and the Holy Grail: The Story of the Holy Chalice of Valencia.
Why the agate cup in the Cathedral of Valencia is the only possible candidate for the Holy Grail.
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Sacred Blood, Sacred Image: The Sudarium of Oviedo, New Evidence for the Authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.
Discover the amazing similarities between the Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo.
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The Sudarium of Oviedo is an ancient, bloodstained cloth that was rescued from the Persian invasion of Jerusalem in 614 AD. Believed to be the Sudarium of the Lord, it was hidden in a chest of relics and taken by sea to Spain. When the Moors invaded the country in 711, the Christians fled to the north with their relics, safeguarding their treasure in a well on the top of a mountain known as Monsacro. Fifty years later Oviedo became its permanent residence, and the cloth has been in the cathedral ever since, exposed very briefly on only three occasions every year.
After nearly two thousand years of obscurity, scientists began to study the linen cloth in 1988. It is now linked to the Shroud of Turin because of the remarkable similarities between the bloodstains found on both relics. The Spanish Center for Sindonology (CES), the association responsible for the research, has discovered a wealth of knowledge about the Sudarium, first-century Jewish burial customs, and the meaning of the evangelical texts that mention the funerary linens. Their findings were published in Spanish in 1994, but have been inaccessible to the average reader.
Sacred Blood, Sacred Image is a comprehensive examination of these studies, which have been translated, expanded and explained in non-technical language by the author, now a member of the Spanish investigative team. In this book the reader will follow the odyssey of the cloth from the tomb to Oviedo, entering into the fascinating historical, scientific, cultural, and Biblical investigations that have led many to believe that the Oviedo cloth is the linen that had covered the head of Jesus of Nazareth, as mentioned in John 20:7.
Twenty pages of color photographs appear in this beautifully published, 224-page hardcover edition. Many are from the Spanish Center for Sindonology (CES), and explain visually the bloodstains and wrinkles found on the cloth, its compatibility with the Shroud of Turin, how the cloth was used, and its historical odyssey from Jerusalem to Spain.
Since the time of Christ, many have wondered about the whereabouts of the cup used by Jesus of Nazareth at the Last Supper. Made of agate, with stripes that resemble fire, the relic was described in the legends of the Holy Grail, and sought by many when it was hidden in the Pyrenean Monastery of San Juan de la Peña after the Muslim invasion of Spain. The Spaniard Saint Laurence, deacon and treasurer of the Church under Sixtus II, saved it from the third-century Roman Emperor Valerian by sending it to his homeland, and was consequently roasted on a gridiron. Centuries later, many endangered their lives rescuing it from the desecration and burning of the Cathedral of Valencia during the Spanish Civil War.
The story is told here for the first time in English. In spite of a lack of written documentation, the tradition of Aragón, Spain, has always insisted that the agate cup of the Holy Chalice of Valencia was sent to Spain by Saint Laurence shortly before his martyrdom. Now, however, there is new evidence: A sixth-century manuscript written in Latin by Saint Donato, an Augustinian monk from Africa who founded a monastery in the vicinity of Valencia, provides never-before-published details about the martyr Laurence, who was born in Valencia but destined for Italy. It explicitly mentions the transfer of the Holy Cup of the Last Supper to Spain.
The author, 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. The author presents abundant evidence for authenticity, delving into topics such as the importance of relics for the early Christians, the reliance of ancient civilizations on oral tradition, and the veracity of Saint Laurence’s death of the gridiron. The narration will dispel forever the erroneous notion that the Holy Grail was lost. Thirty-two pages of color photographs reveal the centuries-old popularity of Laurence in the area of Huesca, Spain, where locals are convinced he was the first savior of the Holy Grail. For centuries, the name of Saint Laurence and the Holy Grail have been synonymous.