October 16 – The Feast of St. Longinus

Statue of St. Longinus
at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

It would be cool if St. Longinus could be interviewed on the “Journey Home” show.  I love those sudden conversion stories!  I also enjoy Old Testament-New Testament connections.  Little did Longinus know that he was fulfilling a prophecy of the Prophet, St. Zechariah when he thrust his lance into Christ’s side …

Old Testament
New Testament
… and they shall look on him whom they have thrust through, and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son …    

~ Zechariah 12:10b
… but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.    

~ John 19:34

A Beautiful Moment of Conversion:

When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”     ~Mark 15:39

The Feast of St. Longinus was formerly on March 15, but was moved to October 16 …
St. Longinus (#3) in the 2004 Roman Martyrology

St. Longinus
(St. Andrew's Chapel, U.S. Naval Academy)