The “Spear of Destiny” that was used by a Roman soldier to pierce the side of Christ at the Crucifixion – that’s commemorated each “Good Friday” and “Holy Friday” in Christian and Orthodox churches this coming Friday, April 22 – has been found, states Sidney D. Kirkpatrick in his newly released book “Hitler’s Holy Relics: A True Story of Nazi Plunder and the Race to Recover the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire,” that’s available here at the University of Oregon library in Eugene and at other libraries and book shops worldwide. The book and other documents relating to the location of the Holy Lance were released this month with jaw-dropping reactions from various religious and historic experts who believed the lance that Adolf Hitler plundered during World War II was lost, but now thought to have been found.
Spear of Destiny may be in safe keeping at the Vatican, but the Pope won’t confirm
According to Kirkpatrick and numerous other investigations into the whereabouts of the “lance that pierced Christ on the cross” – to include Trevor Ravenscroft’s 1972 book “The Spear of Destiny, and Colonel Howard Burchner and Captain Wilhelm Berhard’s 1988 book “Adolf Hitler and the Secrets of the Holy Lance, that details the Nazi plot to steal and safeguard the lance – the author now states that Hitler made duplicates with one now being held in a secret location and three others kept under wraps at the Vatican and by wealthy collectors.
However, it’s now been revealed – and confirmed with newly released photos from the National Archives World War II Photo Collection – that Hitler had the original “Spear of Destiny” in his possession after a special Nazi unit of his stole it from a church in Italy. The Holy Lance then disappeared after Hitler’s death at the end of WW II.
“A central theme of these books and of numerous television documentaries and Hollywood movies is whether or not the U.S. occupation team recovered the actual foot-long, bladed point wielded at the Crucifixion,” states Kirkpatrick in his new book.
“Besides the spear Hitler coveted and obtained, at least three others exist that their owners believe to be from the lance carried by Longinus,” adds Kirpartick. “The Vatican has in its possession a spear point that it steadfastly refuses to permit investigators to examine.”
Numerous spears exist, but what’s the real one?
Also, the author notes that “most historians believe this lance was manufactured during the centuries of the Crusades.
“Other spear points can be easily dated to later centuries, including one in Armenia, which is venerated and presented for viewing once a year in the Cathedral of Echmiadzin, the church of Armenia’s patriarch,” the author writes.
Moreover, students here at the University of Oregon in Eugene and other colleges are receiving more and more "ancient history reports," say librarians "as the digital age uncovers a vast wealth of information that was previously kept in dusty ancient books and records that are now seeing the light of day."
Spear of Destiny said to be real, and sought after for its power
Moreover, the author provides details of Heinrich Himmler keeping “a copy of the Holy Lance on his desk alongside a vial of blood” because Himmler believed the lance “carried special powers,” and because of the object’s “historical importance and central role in Christ’s story.”
“In addition to this, some legends told of Odin, the chief divinity of the Norse pantheon, using a spear to impale himself on a tree to gain enlightenment.”
Himmler, the Reichsfhrer of the SS and a leading member of the Nazi Party, believed – as did his boss Hitler – that the lance posses mystical power, state experts who study the Spear of Destiny. Himmler rose to become one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany as well as the one of the persons most directly responsible for the Holocaust.
Holy Lance mystery now unfolds with new investigations
According to the Buechner and Bernhard books – and this new book by Kirpatrick – “the Nazis replaced the authentic lance with a facsimile, and then secreted the real lance into hiding in Antarctica.”
Moreover, a detailed and more scholarly investigation about the Spear of Destiny is currently the subject of a detailed study being done by famed historians Volker Schier and Corine Schleif at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
The “original” Spear of Destiny – that Schier and Schleif have confirmed as “real” – is “not from a lance at all but is a spike from a Roman standard that legionnaires carried into battle,” writes Kirkpatrick.
At the same time, it’s known in that another alleged Holy Lance – embedded with what is believed to be a nail from the Crucifixion – is kept as a treasure in the Cracow Cathedral in Poland.
“As for the lance Hitler appropriated,” Kirkpatrick said it was displayed at the “Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna back in 2003, and it underwent a detailed forensic examination that’s detailed in a Vienna Museum report titled “Die Heilige Lanze in Wien.”
While the Vienna Museum concluded “that it was indeed the relic long venerated by Germanic kings. Whether it came from the Roman era in the reign of Tiberius, and whether it could have been at the Crucifixion of Christ, are doubtful,” reports Kirkpatrick.
In turn, Kirkpatrick poses a chilling question about why Hitler wanted the Spear of Destiny.
“The more significant question raised was not whether the lance Hitler brought to Nurnberg was the same that pierced the side of Christ, but how Hitler had appropriated the religious and spiritual icon for the creation of a program that had led to the Holocaust. Driven by greed and lust for power, did Hitler’s Reich, with its Aryan Jesus, completely corrupt the lance’s essential message of redemption?”