The keeper of the Grail….

24 Aug

Graal in de Troyes – gold, studded with precious stones, container, shining so brilliantly that the candle flame flickers beside him. He serves as a repository for the sacred wafer with guests that reinforces their strength the father of King-fisher “and keeper of the Grail.
In the more ancient European legends, narrated that the Grail – a sacred chalice of divine blood. (The story of its origin contained Robber de Boron). Carved from a single emerald bowl from which the Savior gave to drink the disciples at the Last Supper, with the words “this is my blood” after the arrest of Jesus was first transferred to Pilate, and later filled with the blood of the crucified Jesus Christ and Joseph of Arimathea preserved.
The French scholar R. Guenon calls attention to the fact that in the hieroglyphs of the ancient Egyptians the image things usually corresponds to identifying its word.
While the heart is represented symbolically – in the form of a bowl. Later, at the dawn of the biblical story, the patriarch Abraham receives the consecration of the high priest Melchizedek, which is his communion bread and wine in the bowl. All this prompted scientists to think about a bowl of the Grail became a symbol of the heart of Christ.
According to the Gospel text, a member of the Sanhedrin Joseph of Arimathea took the body of the Savior from the cross and buried him in the grave, tomb, prepared them for myself, not far from Calvary. Robert adds that details of the “Gospel of Nicodemus.” According to him, Joseph served as Roman governor, and because he was not denied a request to remove a dead body, but at the same time and gave the vessel was found. When Joseph with Nicodemus took the body from the wounds inflicted by a spear centurion between the edges of the Savior, again blood flowed, and collected in a vessel.
After the resurrection of the Lord the Jews accused him of secretly stealing the body of Jesus crucified and thrown into prison. There came the resurrected Jesus, blessed Joseph, gave him back the vessel with the precious blood, calling it “communion chalices and chastise keep ‘soul-saving ritual. Only after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Joseph’s release from prison: all these years he spent without food or water, miraculously fed grail.
After his release from prison, Joseph gathers the community, and together they travel to distant lands.
According to church sources, Joseph of Arimathea came to the southern coast of France in 1935 by Robert H. Then crossed Gaul, moved through the Strait and landed in England, where he settled in Glastonbury and founded a monastery. It remained and the legend of Joseph had been brought wonderful vessel and create a famous round table, which became the prototype of the Round Table of King Arthur.
In Glastonbury by command of God, Joseph is building a table of the Grail, in the middle of it puts the vessel with the precious blood, lay near the fish, destined to produce in the minds of those present the image of Christ.
Interesting description of Boronia installed Joseph ritual of serving Grail, is clearly leading the beginning of the early Christian era. Twelve elected took place at the table, with one located between Joseph and his successor, Hebron, and remains unoccupied: it seemed to indicate the place of Judas. Voice over commands no one to occupy this place, until you see the one who is destined to become a successor guardian Grail. Robert de Boron describes how the sight of the Grail the pure of heart feel the joy and bliss, and the wicked hearts are empty and those ashamed go away. Thus, apart from the mainstream of church life, there are other direction is somewhat reminiscent of the tradition esseyskih fraternities. Sacred meal of the Eucharist, where the eating of bread and wine, marking a body and blood of the Savior, is a meal substitute spiritual – the contemplation of the relics, which carries the light and saturating light those who are capable and worthy to accept.
In this sense, becomes a clear image of the bowl.
The words of Jesus Christ: “Yes cup pass from me!” – Are we understanding the symbolic image of the cup as a receptacle of life, destiny. This symbolic chalice depicted in the icons, where John the Baptist is holding a chalice – a cup of communion – with the infant Jesus. There are songs where the center – a bowl with the baby Jesus.
In Celtic traditions of Ireland and Wales also featured magic boilers, keepers of abundance; perhaps they influenced the image of the Grail as a cup or bowl. In the supreme god of the Irish Dagda had a cauldron in which food was cooked just for heroes. From boiled in a cauldron of the goddess Ceridwen was obtained herbal drink wisdom and poetry.
Although the legend of the Grail is based on Christian relics, the official church had never admitted to some extent considering heresy and linking with paganism.
On the south coast of France for many centuries existed a legend that the Grail was brought to Marseilles, Mary Magdalene, her sister Martha, Brother Lazarus, and Dionysius. Local residents honored Mary Magdalene as a close and devoted friend of Jesus, wife-bearers, the first who saw Christ after the resurrection. They considered it the true founder of Christianity and the “mother of the Holy Grail”, which, as described in the ancient tradition, before his death, she hid in a cave.
That happened to Mary Magdalene after the ascension of Teachers, there are two versions – Greek and Latin.
According to the Greek authors in VII., Together with the Apostle John and the Virgin, she settled in Ephesus, where she died and was buried. In 869, Byzantine Emperor Leo the Philosopher commanded to move the body of Mary Magdalene, from Ephesus to Constantinople, the Church of St.. Lazarus. In 1216 the Crusaders, sacked Constantinople, captured and brought back the remains of Pope Honorius III, who ordered to put them in the Lateran under the altar in honor of the saint.
According to another – Latin – Version Mary Magdalene, along with Lazarus and sister Martha, to escape persecution, reached the sea to the south of France, in Provence, where travelers have landed between Marseille and NIM. Maria settled in “a cave retreat” among steep rocky cliffs near the village of Sainte-Baume – “Holy fragrance, named in honor of incense, which Mary Magdalene anointed the feet of Christ. Here, she preached the gospel of Jesus Christ and died in 1963 Mary Magdalene was buried in the Abbey Sect-Maximin, located about thirty miles from Marseille.
In the XIII century. her tomb was opened, and it was found an alabaster jar containing the remains of dried blood, which on Good Friday became a liquid. Apparently, this was the same one mentioned in the Gospel, a vessel with the spices, which Mayor Magdalene anointed Jesus’ feet before you wipe them with her hair.
The remains were moved to the town of V├ęzelay, and the new burial place was erected a huge cathedral in honor of her. In 1267, King Saint Louis attended by transferring the sacred remains of a shrine to another, richer. And later, during the French Revolution, they were savagely killed.
Tradition is in the south of France is sustainable. In the Museum Cluny stored picture XV century, ascribed to King Rene of Provence (he is generally credited with a lot of paintings) – St Mary Magdalene, preaching the Word of God in Marseille.
In the XIII century. Many legends about St. Mary Magdalene were reflected in the famous “Golden Legend” – Lives of Saints, Archbishop of Genoa collected Jacopo de Voradzhini – and published first in Latin and later French.
Like the early Christian writers, he identifies Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute the Gospel, and with Mary of Bethany, sister of Lazarus, the resurrection of Jesus. The “Golden Legend” says that Lazarus had sisters Mary and Martha were the imperial family and owned houses in Jerusalem, Zifanii and Magdalena. “After the Ascension – wrote Voradzhini -” loyal to him were subjected to brutal persecution, the Jews, wanting to get rid of Lazarus, his sisters and the many Christians who put them on a ship without a rudder and sail, but, guided by an angel of God’s will, they approached in Marseilles. In another passage states that the vessel together with her sisters Mary and Martha and her brother Lazarus were as Joseph of Arimathea, who was allowed to take Jesus’ body after removal from the cross, and Jacob, brother of the Lord (James the Great), and Maximin.
Interestingly, this voyage is depicted among other scenes from the life of a favorite pupil of Jesus elevoy part of the altar city Tiefenbronn.
So, apparently, different stories of Joseph of Arimathea and Mary Magdalene merge into one.
In honor of St. Mary Magdalene, revered as the educator of Gaul and the Franks, in different areas of southern France in the early Middle Ages, was built many churches and chapels. The majestic Basilica, planted in 1096 in Vezele, made history as the abbot Bernard of Clairvaux called for a second crusade. It was here in 1146, he appealed to King Louis VII, to Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the knights and the people, calling to move to the east and to protect the Christian relics.
Particularly widespread cult of Mary Magdalene was in the town of Rennes-le-Chateau – in the province of Languedoc, which was built in her honor to the great temple, was decorated with wonderful frescoes on the Life of a saint. In the legends of Languedoc Marine Magdalene is referred to as “the mistress of waters” and “Mary of the sea”. According to some views, she also served as the earthly incarnation of Sophia Wisdom.
Yet the image of Mary Magdalene’s remains the most mysterious way the New Testament. Acts after its execution and the ascension of Jesus surrounded by many defaults, and the value in spreading the Christian doctrine is clearly discounted. Of course, in the gospels tells about women, assumes the word of Jesus Christ. But the shadow of the great millennial cult of female deities and her Servants, as it fell and the first Christians. A severe ascetics, and later the Vatican did not like it, even be dangerous. And if in the apocryphal writings of the role of women in the early Christian world, appears still more significant, the harsh cleaning, produced by the Catholic Church, in every way it played down. Early Christian church fought hard to worship the Great Goddess – Mother of all things, and the ferocity of the struggle begins new era of discrimination against women – in the person of Mary Magdalene, among others.
But it so happens that here in the south of France, another woman – Esklarmonda Foix – more than a thousand years after the death of Mary Magdalene became the guardian of the Grail, that findeth his holy secret from the evil eye.
Earth Languedoc and Provence, and even in the VIII. Been committed not only biblical and early Christian traditions, but also the ancient beliefs of the Celtic world. It is no coincidence here originated the cult of the Beautiful Ladies, “Courts of Love”, etc.
In this corner of the Roman world, under the protection of the brave, proud and generous Visigoth barons reigned brilliant culture, free from intolerance, who kept links with antiquity and local Druidic paganism, to tolerate other faiths – Judaism and Islam. Here longer than anywhere else, kept the flow of the early Christian wisdom, which the carriers, who called themselves “good Christians” or “good people” were characterized by an unusually strict way of life. But the dominant Church, they were regarded as heretics. Here, in France, they received from their opponents called Cathar or Albigensian on behalf of the main city of Languedoc – Albi.
Along with the Byzantine Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism, it was the third area, the area popular heresies that came from the east. In this environment, disseminate and preserve the Apocrypha, “forbidden” books and more that the official church doomed to destruction.
Cathars called their community “Church of Love” and the Holy Spirit, in whose honor the celebrated Manizolu, or Feast of the Comforter, in addition to Christmas, Easter and Trinity, regarded as the main holiday. Its essence is explained by the lines of the Gospel, where Jesus promises his disciples that he would ask his Father to send them to another patron (Greek Paraclete, the Spirit, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit).
It was believed that the Cathars were the custodians of the sacred treasures of the great knowledge of antiquity – the tablets of Revelation and early Christian manuscripts. In Rome, assumed that they are stored in the Languedoc, as well as that part of the treasures of the Jerusalem temple, among which was “a table (altar) of Solomon. Local legends tell that he was hidden in a cave. Not about whether it story Eschenbach, in his novel about the Holy Grail?
There, to this day there is a tradition
The altar of the sacred open.
Inside it (you should know)
It is a treasure…
About the treasures of the Jerusalem Temple was known as follows: in 1970 they were brought to Rome, and after the Visigoth king Alaric in 410 g, captured the Eternal City, most of the utensils of Solomon’s temple was moved to Byzantium. Part of the same – sent in Carcassonne, one of the finest castles of Languedoc.
In the years 1209-1229. Roman Church has taken the crusades against the Albigenses of southern France. The Roman church, in an attempt to subjugate their power not only the body but the soul could not be allowed to the south of France, in Provence and Languedoc, there was a free and brilliant culture, did not recognize the authority of Rome. These wars have left piles of ashes and dust. Blossoming edge of Provence was ruined, the population exterminated with extreme cruelty. Martyrdom of the Qatari community, and their heroic resistance to Rome, self-sacrifice in the name of freedom and the Spirit were not in vain.Spradlin, Michael P. Keeper of the Grail.(Young adult review)(Brief article)(Book review): An article from: Kliatt
Twenty years was a war against the Albigenses, which became the last refuge of the castle Monsepor, where according to tradition, and kept the Holy Grail. The castle and its surroundings belonged Esklarmonde de Foix – quite a historical person, a great lady, who had a high rank, devoted, and led the resistance against the enemy until the end. Tradition calls it the guardian of the Grail, whose name it is surrounded by legends. One of them from the words of the shepherd-mountaineer told Otto Run in the book “Crusade Against the Grail”. But the Holy Grail appears it is not in the form of bowls, stored Mary Magdalene, but as a precious stone that fell from Lucifer’s crown when the fallen angel had been struck down from heaven to earth.
“When the walls Monsepora still standing, the Cathars guarding the Holy Grail. But Monsepor was in danger. Rati Lucifer already settled under its walls. They wanted the Grail, to re-sign him in the crown of their ruler. Esklarmonda, the keeper of the Grail, threw the precious relic to the bowels of the mountain. Gore once again closed, and so Grail was saved. When the Devils broke into the castle, we realized that late. In anger, they betrayed the opium of all pure (Qatar) near the rocks on which stood a castle, on the field of fire … “. Not only lost Esklarmonda. Securely hidden Grail, she rose to the top of the mountain, turned into a white dove and flew off into the mountains.
But neither the Cathar treasure, no holy grail of the Crusaders never found. It is quite possible they are still in the Languedoc. Some traces of them, including opening the XIX century. Lead to Rennes-le-Chateau, where the holy grail of a particularly revered.
The veil that hides it is a spiritual treasure; it becomes a bit clearer only in the XII – early XIII century, when Chretien de Troyes, Robert de Boron and Wolfram von Eschenbach began to include stories about the Grail in the Arthurian cycle of the product. For a long time the legend of the Grail, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table existed separately. Connection as they did not happen spontaneously, but under the invisible guidance on, which were used to hide under the cover of the popular legends of high spiritual meaning. It was the best way to bring him out from under the watchful eye of the church, and later the Inquisition, as well as to ensure long life of the holy mysteries.

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