Based in Valencia, historian Dr. Ana Mafé García has been filmed by Netflix explaining from a scientific point of view what the ‘Holy Grail’ is and its legendary path that runs through Spain from Huesca to Valencia. Since the beginning of November, a new pilgrimage route “Made in Spain” is reaching the living rooms of millions of people around the world thanks to the new Netflix documentary series: “Mysteries of Faith”. We are talking about The Way of the Holy Grail, an authentic pilgrimage route that connects the Pyrenees with the Mediterranean, following in the footsteps of the Holy Grail, the most sought-after relic of the Western Middle Ages.
PILGRIMS ON THE WAY OF THE HOLY GRAIL
The Valencian Cristina Monzón and the Argentinian living in Valencia, Alejandro Martínez Notte are the two pilgrims selected by Netflix to show the world this route that connects Huesca with Valencia. In between, the pilgrims travel through almost a hundred municipalities in the provinces of Huesca, Zaragoza, Teruel, Castellón and Valencia, which stand out for their history, culture and uniqueness in relation to the Holy Grail.
As pioneers of this path, Cristina and Alejandro, who in addition to pilgrims are creators of tourist content, share their experience in social networks (Teleaire.com), demonstrating that this pilgrimage is not impossible but a reality.
The Way of the Holy Grail is a challenge, says Alejandro. We have found sections that are still unmarked and this would be just one of the reasons that they are asking politicians to have the vision to aid and fund this fascinating project. The adventure is totally worth it. For Alejandro, walking The Way of the Holy Grail has been a unique opportunity to discover the heritage of Aragon and the Valencian Community at a slow pace, from a conscious and environmentally friendly point of view. This is a “Slow and Green” tourism that does not pollute or leave a carbon footprint, adds the Argentinian.
Has the ‘Camino de Santiago’ come up against competition? Cristina asks herself that, in addition to being passionate about pilgrimages, she is a tourist. She adds: “On the contrary, for me it is a unique opportunity to unite two wonderful pilgrimages: the Jacobean and the Grailic and transform Spain into a star destination for religious tourism.”
For many tourism experts, having a “leitmotif” or shared story could be the key to success that will highlight the rich landscape and heritage of two historically twinned territories: Aragon and the Valencian Community.
Cristina is moved when she recalls her passage through some villages of the so-called “empty Spain”, where her pilgrimage has been a spark of hope for the locals, who see in this project a possibility of economic development and local entrepreneurship, as has happened in the ‘Camino Jacobeo’.
NETFLIX PRESENTS THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD THAT SUPPORTS TRADITION
The Netflix series does not overlook the archaeological and historical evidence that supports the veracity of the Holy Chalice of Valencia, comparing this piece with other relics that are candidates for an authentic relation with Jesus.
The latest studies, including the work of Dr. Ana Mafé García, who also participates in the Netflix docuseries, prove without a doubt that the Holy Chalice of Valencia is an authentic “kosh kidush” or, in other words, a Jewish blessing cup from the time of Christ. Only this relic could have been on a Jewish table at Passover in the 1st century, as it is the only one that passes all the “kosher” filters and the requirements of the demanding Hebrew ritual.
These archaeological discoveries now make it possible to unite science with faith and Christian tradition. Christian oral tradition has been telling the same story for more than two thousand years: the Holy Chalice travelled from Jerusalem to Rome in the hands of Saint Peter. Later, in 258 AD, it left Rome to escape the persecution of the Emperor Valerian. It was then that it arrived in Huesca thanks to the intervention of the Hispanic San Lorenzo, the then archdeacon of Rome, who had it hidden in the house of his parents in Osca (Huesca), thus saving it from Roman plundering. Not handing over the treasures and distributing them among the poor was the Spanish saint’s capital punishment, under the painful martyrdom of being burnt at the stake, which is why the saint is usually depicted with a grill.
VALENCIA IS THE THIRD MOST IMPORTANT JUBILEE CITY IN CHRISTENDOM
Because of this uninterrupted oral tradition, in 2014 the Holy See declared Valencia a jubilee city in perpetuity and every five years, placing it just after Jerusalem and Rome in terms of jubilee frequency. The Holy Chalice is the memory of the Paschal memory of Jesus of Nazareth, of Yeshua. The next Valencian Jubilee begins on the last Thursday of October 2025, so the Cultural Association The Way of the Holy Grail, whose president is Dr. Ana Mafé García, is already setting the stage to successfully celebrate this event.
THE WAY OF THE HOLY GRAIL LEARNS FROM THE WAY OF SAINT JAMES
Cristina and Alejandro explain to us the differences found on their previous pilgrimages to Santiago. Alejandro points out the Jacobean straight line over the grailic zigzag, because this route does not have its sights set on the final destination but on all the points where there are traces of the passage of this relic, such as the cathedral of Jaca, the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña, the castle of Loarre or the Palace of the Aljafería in Zaragoza. For this reason, we recommend that you get accurate information beforehand. In our case, our guide is Dr. Mafé’s book: The Holy Grail, which explains in plain language the archaeological evidence of this cup, the history of its journey, the literary links that this relic has with the Arthurian world…
While the Jacobean Way emerged as a route of atonement for sins, Cristina Monzón explains, the Way of the Holy Grail is a trigger that connects directly with the Rule of Love. This path is a direct path of union with the original energy that recalls this relic, which is none other than that of Universal Love, interreligious dialogue and concord between peoples.
That is why both pilgrims conclude that in these times of conflict; the greeting that we, the walkers of this route, address to each other is more meaningful than ever: “Peace and Love with you, to which we reply, Light on the Way”.
This route called The Way of the Holy Grail, Route of Knowledge, and Way of Peace is being applied to become a European Cultural Itinerary through the Cultural Association the Way of the Holy Grail.
WE ARE IN THE TOP OF THE NETFLIX SERIES
The series MYSTERIES OF FAITH: SEASON 1 is in the Top 10 of Netflix TV series in 27 countries as of 8 November, just a few days after its premiere. We cite by continent the places where they already know that this Way of the Holy Grail exists:
IN THE AMERICAS: Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States, Venezuela.
IN EUROPE: Croatia, Slovenia, Iceland, Malta, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Romania, Slovenia.
IN AFRICA: Mauritius, Réunion.
IN ASIA: Singapore.
IN OCEANIA: New Caledonia.
This ranking is a declaration of intent to continue working on the development and dissemination of this wonderful path that has its roots in the depths of Christianity and the culture of Europe.
Report by ‘24/7 Valencia’ team
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