St. Laurence and the Holy Grail: The Story of the Holy Chalice of Valencia

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Many scholars are convinced that The Holy Chalice of Valencia is the Holy Grail, celebrated in medieval legneds 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 dnager, greed, martyrdom and fire from the very beginning. The author presents abundant evidence for authenticy, delving into many provocative topics, such as the importance of relics for early Christians, the difference between legend, tradition and history, and the veracity of St. Laurence's death on the gridiron. It is a fascinating account that will dispel forever the notion that the famous relic was ever lost. The mythical Quest for the Holy Grail is now over.

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Inspired by her profound interest in Spanish literature, culture and relics, Janice Bennett has written and photographed her second book, St. Laurence and the Holy Grail. It is based on the history of St. Laurence and the Holy Chalice of Valencia as described in the writings of ancient and modern Spanish authors. Her first book, Sacred Blood, Sacred Image: The Sudarium of Oviedo, unfolds the historical, scientific, cultural, and Biblical investigations surrounding the Sudarium of Oviedo, the ancient, bloodstained cloth believed to have covered the head of Christ after the crucifixion. The author was awarded an M.A. in Spanish Literature from CU-Boulder in 1997, and was selected for Who's Who in America 2002. She is a member of the Spanish Center for Sindonology, based in Valencia, Spain. She taught Spanish literature for six years, and has written a guide to literary analysis. She received many awards during her scholastic career, and is a member of the national Hispanic society Sigma Delta Pi, the Modern Language Assn., American Assn. of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and Catholic Book Publishers Assn. Ms. Bennett also holds a B.A. degree in Graphic Design and Journalism from Northern Ill. Univ., and a certificate in advanced Biblical studies from the Catholic Biblical School of Denver. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in theology and is researching the many legends on the Road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

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