THE THIRD MONTH
IN THE NAME
OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT,
On this day appeared the head of Saint Longinus, master of the
spear, who pierced the side of our Lord Jesus Christ, when He was hanging
on the wood of the Cross. Now
the Emperor Tiberius Caesar sent [soldiers] to the country of Cappadocia,
and they cut off the head of Saint Longinus on the twenty-third day of the
month Hamle (July-Aug.). And
the head of the holy man and his body were cast out on the ground, and the
soldier who had come from the emperor to cut off his head took it and
carried the head away with him to Jerusalem and gave it to Pilate the
Pontinian. And Pilate the
governor showed the head to the Jews, who rejoiced and were glad at his
death. And Pilate commanded
his soldiers to bury the head of the holy man in a certain hill, which was
outside the city of Jerusalem, and they went and buried the head there.
And after many days there [came] a certain woman from the country
of Cappadocia, and she had become a believer through Saint Longinus when
he preached in the country of Cappadocia; and when they cut off his head
with a sword she was standing by looking on and weeping.
Now by the Will of God the eyes of the woman became blind, and she
took her son and departed to Jerusalem so that she might be blessed
[through visiting] the holy places, and to pray and prostrate herself to
the ground in them and at the tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ, that
peradventure her eyes might be opened. When she came to Jerusalem her son died, and her sorrow was
increased by the death of her son, and by her blindness, and by the
impossibility of her returning to her native country. And she wept bitterly, and as she was weeping she fell asleep
in her sorrow, and in her sleep she saw Saint Longinus, and with him was
her son who was dead, and he said unto her, “Go to such and such a place
and take my head from there.” When
she awoke from her sleep she enquired concerning that place, and certain
men brought her to it, and when she dug there a sweet odor, which was
exceedingly fragrant, rose up to her.
When she came to the place where the head of the saint was a great
light was revealed to her, and straightway her eyes were opened and she
saw clearly, and she praised God. And
she removed the head of the saint, and laid scented unguent upon it, and
she placed it by the body of her son.
And she departed to her own country glorifying God and praising
Saint Longinus. Salutation to
Longinus who was crowned in Rome.
be to God Who is glorified in His Saints.