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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
3D Echmiadzin Lance
John 19:33-37 … But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
This is a 3D replica of the Echmiadzin Lance. It is part of my "Wonders of the Bible" collection, and is scheduled to be shot as a 3-dimensional laser hologram. It is 14 inches long x 4.5 inches wide. It is antique Silver in color to appear as the original lance would have looked at the time.
The real lance, currently on display in a monastery in Armenia, was discovered during the First Crusade. In 1098 the crusader Peter Bartholomew reported that he had a vision in which St. Andrew told him that the Holy Lance was buried in St. Peter's Cathedral in Antioch. After much digging in the cathedral, a lance was discovered.
The painting of Jesus is a print by artist Warner Sallman, titled "The Head of Christ". It is from the 1940's, and it hung over my bed throughout my childhood.