Book of Saints – Longinus

detail of the statue 'Saint Longinus the Centurian'; by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1631-1638; Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican City, Rome, Italy; photographed on 23 October 2008; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Martyr (March 15) (1st century) It is an accredited tradition that this Saint Longinus was the centurion who pierced the side of Our Lord hanging on the Cross (John 19:34); and that, converted to Christianity, he retired into Cappadocia, his native country, where he was put to death, a Martyr to his Faith in Christ. His body is venerated in Rome in the Church of Saint Augustine.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Longinus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 May 2016. Web. 17 February 2019. <>