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Ancient Ruins of Glastonbury Abbey

February 24, 2014

 

The ancient ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, which legend says was founded by St. Joseph of Arimathea in the first century; AD 63 is the date given. Nobody has ever disproved that he visited. Unlike other Abbeys & Cathedrals, this church has no named founder, who is usually a King or a Saint. This would certainly indicate that Joseph is the founder.The Abbey church is dedicated to Saints Peter & Paul, but obviously not as founders.There is much disparaging of the monks and Abbots of this abbey: falsifying the discovery of Arthur's grave is one allegation, but these were holy men, not liars. They fed the poor & healed the sick; there is no proof that they made money from the discovery. Maybe they knew the grave was there all the time.The slurs about the monks still continue to this day, mainly from those who dislike Christianity.

 

The video is a partner to my "The Real Camelot" video uploaded some time ago, as Arthur of the Britons rests in this abbey.

 

Legend says that the boy-Christ accompanied Joseph on his travels as a tin-merchant, and visited Glastonbury, the Isle of Avalon. The Bible says little about Christ from about age 12 to age 33; he may well have been travelling. After Jesus's crucifixion, Joseph and 12 followers returned, via France, and founded his church, on the site of the St. Mary chapel, which is shown in detail here. The original chapel was built from wattle & daub and was built, it is said, to the specifications and design of Solomon's temple in Jerusalem, hence the name "New Jerusalem" given to this great edifice, and much of the surrounding area. Joseph would have known of Solomon's temple, and of its dimensions. Joseph is reputed to have been interred here, in this place, along with the Holy Grail; he is buried on a "bifurcated line" SW of the Lady (St. Mary) chapel. (According to Melkin writing in the 5th century)The original wattle chapel was destroyed in a fire in May AD 1184, possibly an ordered arson attack from a disgruntled Peter de Marcy; a Cluniac monk put in place by the King. De Marcy held an illegal mass, the previous Christmas, and was not liked for that.The Chapel you see here (with the Romanesque round-topped windows) was built to replace the burnt out ruins of the chapel, building finished circa AD 1186. The chapel is the only almost complete part of the abbey to remain, and its interior is shown, with the altar of St. Joseph (with a lit candle upon it) St. Joseph's well is also shown: Roman-era pottery fragments were found in it; it was probably here before the abbey was built.The main body of this great building, the Nave, Chancel and transepts, etc., were built in the 13th Century with some later additions in the 14th and 15th centuries.

 

Many saints are buried here, and the original St. Mary Chapel was said to have been built "by no human hands".As the Christ dedicated it to his mother, it is God himself who built that first chapel, according to legend.It was always called "The Holiest Earthe in Britain".

 

Kings are buried here, the West Saxon Kings:

Centwine (AD 676-685)

Edmund I, '"The Magnificent" (AD 939-946);

King Edmund II, "Ironside" ( died AD 1016)

King Edgar (AD 959-975)

 

and of course, the renowned Briton, Arthur, along with his Queen. His remains were found in AD 1191 and reinterred in a black marble tomb in front of the high-altar in AD 1278. King Arthur's Tomb was here until King Henry VIII decided to dissolve the Monasteries and Abbeys in AD 1539. Arthur's remains however, are probably secreted in the abbey grounds somewhere, as the Monks would have known of Henry's thugs imminent arrival, The destruction of the Abbeys, especially this one, has been called the greatest act of vandalism in history.

 

The music here is "Requiem" by Karl Jenkins OBE.

 

Latin:

"Requiem aeternum dona eis,

Domine.Et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Te decet hymnus Deus in SionEt tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem.

Exaudi orationemAd te omnis caro veniet".

 

Greek:

"Kyrie eleison Christe eleison Kyrie eleison"

 

English:

"Grant them eternal rest, O Lord

And may light eternal shine upon them.

It is fitting that a hymn should be raised unto thee in Sion, And a vow paid to thee in Jerusalem. Give ear to my prayer, O Lord. Unto thee all flesh shall come at last"

 

"Lord have mercy

Christ have mercy

Lord have mercy."

 

This is for all the Saints buried in the abbey; the Abbots & Monks who built it; the Kings and Queens, and for all those who have lost a loved one, particularly in some dire war. This is also for my mother who died on September 2nd 2008. R.I.P. xoxo One feels close to something very special here, and I wanted to pass this on to you looking at this video. Listen to the Words of Blake's poem "Jerusalem" to understand what place was his inspiration. Mis-spelling of "Khazakstan" on video credits.

 

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