Armenian church can boast one of the most mysterious relics in the world—a holy object from the deepest roots of Christianity which is the Holy Lance of Geghard. Let’s learn more about the sacred lance and holy lance feast in Armenia.
According to Gospel of John, the Holy Lance is also known as the Lance of Longinus, the Spear of Destiny, or the Holy Spear and it is the very lance which pierced the side of Jesus while he was hanging on the cross.
The first mention of the lance can be found in the Gospel of John (19:31–37). The gospel states that the Romans were about to break Jesus' legs (this is a practice known as crurifragium – a method of hastening death during a crucifixion).
Before they start their harsh action, they realized that Jesus was already dead and there was no need to break his legs. In order to make sure that he was dead, a Roman soldier who is known in extra-Biblical tradition as Longinus stabbed him in the side.
It is believed that a Holy Lance is kept in Vagharshapat (now known as Echmiadzin), the religious capital and the holy centre of Armenia. Some time ago it was held in the monastery of Geghard.
The history goes back to a thirteenth-century Armenian manuscript text of Holy Relics of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This text states that the holy spear was brought to Armenia by the Apostle Thaddeus.
On November 30, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the “Feast of the Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew”. This is an amazing chance to see the Holy Spear from Geghard which is taken to the Mother Cathedral in Echmiadzin. During the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, people have the opportunity to kiss it and get blessings from the Spear. The Holy Spear will remain in the Cathedral until late evening.
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Gardman Tour, 26.11.2018