Today we often refer to anything elusive and sought-after as a “Holy Grail” because from the Crusaders to the present, the search for the original Holy Grail has consumed Christendom.
The “grail,” or bowl, in question was used by Christ at the last supper and disappeared after his crucifixion.
Legend has it that the Holy Grail surfaced in England during medieval times and finding it became an obsession of King Arthur.
Part of the legend is that Joseph of Arimathea used the grail to catch the blood of Christ at the crucifixion.
The Old English word “greal” is from the Latin word “crater”, meaning “bowl.”