“Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.” — Brother Maynard
Never mind the fact that no one even knew Brother Maynard existed until this scene, the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch bit is one of the defining moments that made the Pythons’ 1975 movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail one of the greatest comic accomplishments ever to grace the silver screen.
The grenade not overlooked in the Tony Award-winning Monty Python 2005 musical Spamalot, based on the movie, which continues to tour in both North America and Europe. Holy Hand Grenade Spamalot design t-shirts and magnets can be found on Cafe Press.
This popular prop even made in into the world of gaming, as an hidden Easter egg in the 1997 video game, Fallout.
Alright, this was entirely too educational…time to find that hand grenade.
Where to find it:
The most accessible version of this prop is the plush replica, created by Toy Vault along with other cuddly Monty Python and the Holy Grail replicas like the Killer Rabbit, Tim The Enchanter’s horned helmet, the Black Beast or Arrggghhh and the grail itself. The grenade runs about $19.99 on Entertainment Earth, and $16.66 on Amazon, although Amazon has a great “buy together” deal with the grenade, rabbit and Tim’s hat for around $43. Not bad.
Like any great prop, particularly those that create knowing inside jokes among Pythonites, the Holy Hand Grenade has is featured in many t-shirt designs, art prints, crafts and more. Some standouts includes the Banksy-style Arthur tee by graphic designer “kgullholmen,” found on sites like Tee Fury and Red Bubble. Artist Nancy Hulan, has also created beautiful journal art of the Book of Armaments passage about the grenade, which can be found on her Etsy page for $25.
How to Make Your Own:
This is a pretty simple, albeit nonfunctional, prop to make. For a “bare bones” version, spray paint a round plastic drink cup (these can be found at craft and party supply stores or party sites like Oriental Trading Company. The advantage of these is they have a flat base, so they won’t roll. A or plastic. rubber or styrofoam ball, can also be used, but remember the texture on styrofoam won’t be smooth. Glue silver ribbon or self-adhesive rhinestones around the circumference of the orb, as well as four other strips from from the center strip, where they meet on the top point. Spray paint a small wooden cross silver, and add a red stone in the center. This can be glued onto the lit of the drink cup. or directly onto the ball, if using one.
To go that extra mile, line a small wooden chest or box with red cloth or velvet, and keep it safe.
Now, keep this nearby in case your enemy…or friend…needs to have a good laugh…with your blessings.