and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
The Shroud of Turin seems to depict a Y-shaped crucifixion. The torture may have been even more intolerable than thought, with the hands nailed above the head, according to a new study of the shroud.
The Holy Grail of Jesus Christ
It is a mystery dating back millennia.
But apparently, the long-lost Holy Grail has finally been found – on display in a Spanish museum.
The onyx chalice has been sat in the Basilica of San Isidoro in Leon, north Spain, for 1000 years – touted to visitors as a goblet belonging to 11th century Queen Urraca.
But in fact, there is ‘no doubt’ it contains the cup which touched the lips of Jesus Christ, two historians claim.
In an explosive book charting three years of ‘scientific research’, Margarita Torres and Jose Ortiza del Rio reveal there is conclusive evidence from scrolls in Egypt that confirm their theory.
The onyx vessel made between 200 BC and 100 AD, they claim, is trapped inside a bejewelled medieval chalice.
According to two medieval documents written in Arabic, it was stolen from Jerusalem by Muslims, who gave it to the Christian community in Egypt.
Centuries later, in around 1050 AD, it was sent as a gift to King Fernando I of Castile to thank him for sending aid during a famine, they say.
By that point, it had been concealed with opulent decorations.
Gold inside, with patterns etched around the edges, the revered ornament is covered with pearls, emeralds, amethysts and sapphires, which the Egyptian kings will have designed to honour the well-liked Fernando.
It was housed and used in the Basilica of San Isidoro, where it remained in storage until it was put on display in the museum which opened in the 1950s.
Ms Torres, a history professor at the University of Leon, said: ‘The only chalice that could be considered the chalice of Christ is one which went via Cairo to León, and this chalice did so.
‘This is a very important discovery because it helps solve a big puzzle.
‘We believe this could be start of a wonderful stage of research.’
Miraculous Appearance of the Face of Jesus
Two years ago, Erin Calderera, a student at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, was having what she called the worst day of her life. She went to the chapel and had it out with God, doubting his love and even his existence.
When she looked up at the altar, she saw what looked like a sign from above: a shadow that bore a remarkable resemblance to the face of Christ. She believed it was a kind of miracle and the thousands who have flocked to see the shadow agree. See for yourself in the WWL video below.
Her moment with the shadow cast a lasting effect on her life. Now a senior, she’s going to college to study to become a campus minister.
EDWARDSVILLE — A famous piece of religious history is on display in Luzerne County.
A 14-foot replica of the Shroud of Turin is up at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Edwardsville.
It is one of seven replicas that travel the world. The real shroud is in a church in Turin, Italy.
9 New Dead Sea Scolls Found
Seven of the recently rediscovered unopened phylactery scrolls from Qumran.Israel Antiquities Authority/Shai Halevi
An unrolled phylactery scroll.Israel Antiquities Authority/Shai Halevi
Nine newfound penny-sized pieces of parchment belonging to the Dead Sea Scrolls laid unopened for nearly six decades before they were rediscovered in Israel.
The scrolls went unnoticed for years until one scholar came across them while searching through the Israel Antiquities Authority’s (IAA) storerooms, the Times of Israel reported.
“Either they didn’t realize that these were also scrolls, or they didn’t know how to open them,” the IAA’s head of artefact treatment and conservation Pnina Shor explained.
‘Either they didn’t realize that these were also scrolls, or they didn’t know how to open them.’
- Pnina Shor, head of artefact treatment and conservation for the IAA
The tiny scrolls were found inside three phylacteries, small leather boxes with Biblical versus written on them (called tefillin) that are worn by Jews during their morning prayers. Their discoverer, Yonatan Adler, had the boxes scanned by CT at a hospital in Israel in hopes there would be parchment inside.
He was right.
Once unopened, the scrolls are expected to shed new light on the religious practices of the Jewish people during the Second Temple Period between the years of 530 BC and 70, an era named for a holy place of worship for the Jewish people that was constructed by the builder of ancient Jerusalem King Herod. The Dome of the Rock stands today where the Second Temple purportedly once stood.
At least two dozen phylactery scrolls were discovered in the 1940s and 50 along with the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a limestone cave in the West Bank’s Qumran in Israel.
“[I] found a number of fragments of tefillin cases from Qumran Cave 4, together with seven rolled-up [phylactery] slips,” Adler told the Times of Israel.
Until now, the scrolls remained bound inside the phylacteries for approximately 2,000 years.
The IAA has been tasked with the difficult job of unrolling the scrolls without damaging them.
“We’re going to do it slowly, but we’ll first consult with all of our experts about how to go about this,” said Schor, who would not reveal when the process would start. “We need to do a lot of research before we start doing this.”
Remains of more than 900 religious manuscripts were found in 11 caves near the Dead Sea in the 1940s and 50s in Qumran.