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The Holy Lance held in Schatzkammer, Vienna, Austria (René Hanke / CC BY-SA 3.0 )

What Happened To The Coveted Spear Of Destiny?

Throughout the centuries, Christianity has been a fiery topic.  Some debate about its true origins and connections to other religions, while others look at the malfeasances of some of its religious leaders.  Another facet that has been talked about and debated for years is the fascination with certain artifacts, whether they be the bodies of deceased saints or religious reliquaries, and it seems such intrigue will never end. Among religious artifacts the most famous in Christianity is undoubtedly the Spear of Destiny, the Holy Lance that allegedly pierced Jesus' side as he was dying on the cross.

Longinus in The Crucifixion, by Jan Provoost (1501) Groeningmuseum of Bruges (Public Domain)

Longinus in The Crucifixion, by Jan Provoost (1501) Groeningmuseum of Bruges (Public Domain)

The truth is, however, that most people do not know what the Holy Lance actually is, as there are no publications available describing its true history and its actual current location, which is in the Americas. There is a copy in Vienna which many hold to be the real one, but the story gets much thicker than that, and there is a connection between the Roman Catholic Church and Nazi plunder during World War II. 

The Nazi’s Quest for the Lance

This tale of the Holy Lance involves secret societies, Christian history, the Nazis, and the occult. The Nazis themselves wanted to create a new world order, and as bizarre as this might sound, they considered their movement a religious one, and at the center of that was Heinrich Himmler, who at one point was Adolf Hitler's number one soldier and the founder of the infamous SS. Because they considered this movement a religious one, and because many of them grew up as Christians although they turned away from the faith later, they sought religious artifacts throughout the world and there are documentaries and movies about the subject, including the famous Indiana Jones series. When they were in power, frightening the world, they had this in mind, and they even had their own ideology with marriage ceremonies and unusual rituals. There was a strong connection to a popular faith at the time called spirituality which was popularized by Helena Blavatski.

Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler coveted the Spear of Destiny, as legend holds that whoever has the Holy Lance can manipulate everything. Some texts actually state that whoever has it can control the entire world; this is because it supposedly contains the spiritual power that was attained by the blood of Jesus as he hanged, dying on the cross. Books on the subject are inaccurate as they portray an unbroken secession from the first centuries up until modern day, and many claim that the Holy Lance is currently in Vienna. However, that lance is not from the first century. It is a Carolingian lance that was created many centuries later. 

When the Nazi warmongers planned the Third Reich, they coveted the treasures of the First Reich, which was the Holy Roman Empire. Obviously, the Second Reich was controlled by Bismarck and it led to World War I. And unfortunately, documentary evidence suggests that another Reich, succeeding the Third, was planned. They may have been stamped out, but it is known that many of them flocked into South America as things turned belly-up in Europe.  Among much coveted treasures, the Spear of Destiny was top on their list.

Encounter of St. Martyr Mauritius, leader of the Theban Legion, with St. Erasmus, by Matthias Grünewald (1520) (Public Domain)

Encounter of St. Martyr Mauritius, leader of the Theban Legion, with St. Erasmus, by Matthias Grünewald (1520) (Public Domain)

From Rome to Constantinople

Also known as the Lance of Longinus - Longinus is the name given to the unnamed Roman soldier who pierced the side of Jesus with a lance - by the third century it belonged to Saint Mauritius, initially an Egyptian military leader who commanded the legendary Theban Legion of Rome. His soldiers were Christians and when they refused to honor Roman deities, Roman Emperor Maximianus Heculius (co-emperor of Diocletian) had them all executed at some point.  When Maximianus Herculius’ daughter married Flavius Aurelius, who would later be known as Constantine I and the first Christian Emperor, Maximianus gifted the lance, taken from Saint Mauritius, to Constantine. Later, there were allegations of an attempt to assassinate Constantine, which ended in Maximianus committing suicide and the first Christian Emperor, Constantine, ordered the death of numerous family members, his own and others, who were involved in the plot.  After this, and due to what some say was the influence of the Holy Lance, he declared Rome officially Christian and organized the first Council in Nicea, where the idea of a Church governing body was introduced, which obviously led to "churches" themselves.

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