Spear of Longinus

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The Holy Lance, also known as the Holy Spear, the Spear of Destiny, or the Lance of Longinus, is the name given to the lance that pierced the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross, according to the Gospel of John. Several churches across the world claim to possess this lance.

The “Spear of Destiny” is a name given to the Holy Lance in various accounts that attribute mystical powers to it. Many of these have originated in recent times, and several popular New Age and conspiracy theory books have popularized the legend of the Spear.

Trevor Ravenscroft’s 1973 book, The Spear of Destiny (as well as a later book, The Mark of the Beast, claims that Adolf Hitler started World War II in order to capture the spear, with which he was obsessed. At the end of the war the spear came into the hands of US General George S. Patton. According to legend, losing the spear would result in death, and that was fulfilled when Hitler committed suicide and Patton died in a car accident in an army camp.

Ravenscroft repeatedly attempted to define the mysterious “powers” that the legend says the spear serves. He found it to be a hostile and evil spirit, which he sometimes referred to as the Antichrist, though that is open to interpretation. He never actually referred to the spear as spiritually controlled, but rather as intertwined with all of mankind’s ambitions.

However, recently an employee of the British Museum, Dr. William Hester uncovered evidence to suggest that the Spear may be in Europe, hidden. Going through some mislabeled items, Hester uncovered crate that had been placed in storage shortly after World War II. It seems that the crate was filled with surveillance photos supplied by the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Program set up by the Allies after the war to track down stolen Nazi artifacts. Whereas there were several unique finds in the crate, one item in particular showed a journal by Colonel Byron Longstreeth-Jones, one of the men on the team. In the journal, Longstreeth-Jones comments that his mission with the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Program was actually looking for specific artifacts, the Spear of Longinus, in particular. Apparently, Colonel Longstreeth-Jones was also working with the acting director of MI5 at the time, Brigadier Oswald Harker for a special project sensitive to domestic security. (It was unclear whether the project involved the Spear.)

Colonel Longstreeth-Jones’ notes explain how they had tracked down the Spear to a Nazi convoy but it had escaped. The journal provides a detailed explanation of where the Spear could have gone, based on Nazi routes at the time but miraculously, these leads were never followed up on or they never panned out after the war.

Dr. Hester still holds the journal in storage, having told no one about it. Lerue suspected that the journal was safer in the hands of the British Museum, where no one even knew it existed, rather than floating around Europe.

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