The Church of Mary Magdalene
The Sacred Feminine and the Treasure of Rennes-Le-Chateau
ISBN10: 0892811994 ISBN13: 9780892811991 Contributors: Graham, Jon (Translator) Publisher: Inner Traditions Published: Jun 9 2004 Pages: 311 Weight: 1.20lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
An extensive examination of the religious anomalies and lost treasure of the Mary Magdalene Church in Rennes-le-ChÃ¢teau â€¢ Looks at the connection between the Templars, Cathars, and other enigmatic groups in the history of this church and the surrounding area â€¢ Maintains that Mary Magdalene was the high priestess who anointed Jesus into his priesthood, in accordance with ancient religious tradition â€¢ Explores the role of the Sacred Feminine in early Christian Church history The small church of Rennes-le-ChÃ¢teau, in a remote village in southern France, may well hold the key to the proof of Mary Magdalene's marriage to Jesus and the bloodline they founded. In 1885 the village of Rennes-le-ChÃ¢teau welcomed a new priest, Abbe SauniÃ¨re, for its church dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. Abbe SauniÃ¨re ordered very strange restoration work for the church, and it is thought that he discovered something during this renovation that brought him to the attention of the power brokers of that time and made him a very rich man. Possible identifications of his discovery range from the gold pillaged from Delphi in Roman times; the treasure brought out of Jerusalem by the Templars, who had a strong presence in this area; and the missing Cathar treasure, spirited out of MontsÃ©gur mere days before the fall of that fortress. Yet even more curious and compelling is this church's ambiguous portrayal of Mary Magdalene. Markale explains that the unusual depictions of Mary in the church hint at an even more archaic role performed by Mary that could shake the very foundations of the Church if it were fully understood: that of the high priestess who anoints the priest king into his spiritual duties.