The Quest for the Holy Grail

If Dan Brown had not ignored the historical facts about the importance of Our Lady, he might have discovered the true secret of the Holy Grail. In fact, only the brave and the chaste can obtain the Grail. The vessel of Christ’s true presence, before anything else, is the womb of the Virgin. The Holy Grail is a feminine thing, whether considered as the Eucharistic vessel of the Last Supper, or as the “Singular Vessel of Devotion” from the Litany of Loretto. The Holy Grail, then, in the first place, is the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy and Ever Virgin Mother of God (See Sandra Miesel, “The Real History of the Holy Grail,” Crisis, September 2004). In the version of the Grail legend presented by Sir Thomas Malory in the fifteenth century, only the chaste obtain the Grail. Galahad obtains it because he is the perfect knight: loyal, honest, courteous, strong, brave, generous, and yes, even chaste. Lancelot, for all his suavity and prowess, presumed as he is to be the flower of chivalry, is in reality, an adulterer. But in doing penance for his sin, he is given a momentary glance of the Holy Grail. Unfortunately, disaster eventually finds Camelot, because Lancelot ultimately turns away from the grace of the Grail. All men need a Queen and Lady of the highest goodness and nobility. All men need that “glorious spring of purity and virginity, the gentle and glorious Virgin Mary” (cf. Geoffroi de Charny, The Book of Chivalry, c. 1352).