Saint LonginusSt. Longinus is the centurion who pierced the side of Our Lord while He was hanging on the Cross. St. Longinus, who was nearly blind, was healed when some of the blood and water from Jesus fell into his eyes. It was then he exclaimed “Indeed, this was the Son of God!” [Mark 15:39]. St. Longinus then converted, Left the army, took instruction from the apostles and became a monk in Cappadocia.

There he was arrested for his faith, his teeth forced out and tongue cut off. However, St. Longinus miraculously continued to speak clearly and managed to destroy several idols in the presence of the governor. The governor, who was made blind by the demons that came from the idols, had his sight restored when St. Longinus was being beheaded, because his blood came in contact with the governors’ eyes.

St. Longinus’ relics are now in the church of St Augustine, in Rome. His Lance is contained in one of the four pillars over the altar in the Basilica of St Peter’s in Rome. His Feast Day is March 15.

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  1. I’m lost for words….my whole life I never know this not untill now. It just showed over and over………again how great and immeasurable the love of Jesus Christ for us. We all can be forgiven no matter how grave our sins are, as long as we repent and pour our hearts to Him completely. Lord Jesus,please forgive us for hurting You over and over again. This I ask in your infinite mercy amen.

  2. I was always curious about why the man said that Jesus was indeed the son of God. I knew it now. Where can I get stories behind the scenes?

  3. I too am mystified by this discovery and agree with 4 of the above comments, new discovery, curious, Gods immeasurable love for all. For the doubter, when you believe no explanation is necessary! I loved reading about this St. I always wondered as too why he said those words “Indeed this was the son of God” I love my Catholic Church

  4. They Still have not recovered his head. Source say that his head was buried on an Island in lake near Where Saint Clair was from. Anne Catherine Emmerich describes the place in her visions.


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