We have started our simple exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles which happened and were proved through the history of the Holy Church. (WE ARE ALL VERY WELCOME to visit The Chapel of the Sacred Heart in St Swithun’s church and to meditate what happened there.
This week: Eucharistic Miracle of Valencia in Spain– The History of the Holy Chalice in Spain
The Story in more detail
The tradition tells us, that the chalice was taken to Rome by Saint Peter where it stayed until the 3rd century, when Saint Sixtus II was sent to Huesca in Spain and brought the Holy Grail with him.
From 713 AD, during the Muslim invasion, the chalice was hidden in the North of Spain, after having been in Yebra, Siresa, Santa María de Sasabe (today San Adrián), Bailio and finally in the monastery of San Juan de la Peña in Huesca, where a document from 1071 refers to a precious chalice made of stone.
The relic was handed over to the King of Aragon in 1399, who kept it in the Aljaferia Royal Palace of Saragossa and later in the Royal Palace of Barcelona. In 1424, King Alfonso the Magnanimous handed over the royal reliquary to the Valencia Palace. The chalice ended its long journey in 1437, when it was given to the Cathedral of Valencia.
Not only the historical records relating to the relic’s past but the archaeological data as well, suggest that this was indeed the chalice used by Jesus during the Last Supper. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have both verified its authenticity and made use of it in two masses. Valencia will hold a jubilee every five years to commemorate the chalice, the next one scheduled in 2020.