Ok, I know at times, people don’t care to read a lengthy statement, so I will firstly boil my question down for you.
Do you know of a Feast day ever for the Holy Lance (Spear) in the Church calendar?
** I don’t mean to take credit for a question that stumps -]most /-] no make that everyone, everywhere I have submitted it to! **It is not an immediate question of our salvation or faith it is more like a detail so it is not a crucial question. I had to hunt the paragraph out of a very lengthy book though this time so that it is fair showing the source instead of “springing” it on someone since no one seems to be acquainted with this Feast Day.
Kessinger Publishing out of Montana has republished many old books, religious and all types ( kessinger.net/ ). The below mentioned book is also available at amazon.
They republished in fact, the book “Our Lady of Lourdes” the English version translated from the French edition by Henry Lasserre who in facts claims to be one more person healed at the spring. The book was published in 1874. So, we in fact can deduce that back in those times, writing a comprehensive account of 500 pages of the events of St. Bernadette and her visions in 1858 in French and then translating it by 1874 in English and initially published in New York while in fact, the visionary was still alive and not that long after the initial events at the Grotto of Massabiele (Lourdes in other words) would be no small feat.
On page 148 we have the below quote:
"… That day, February 26th, 1858,being the Friday of the first week in Lent, was the Feast of the Holy Lance, and of the Nails of Our Lord. "
I will summarize an important point of which the author asserts, this day of February 26th was in fact, the day the water spring sprung up as we know from the movie “Song of Bernadette” and he likens it’s significance to the way the Holy Lance or Holy Spear celebrated on this day, pierced Christ’s side at the Crucifixion and out came blood and water, making it a sort of coincidence or maybe even a metaphor.
So, this is the question, I can’t find the Feast of the Holy Lance and of the Nails anywhere. Does anyone know of this? Was it on an old Vatican calendar of Feast days later revised in history? It is certainly not a modern day Feast. Could it even be a French phenomenon or uniquely from the Pyrenees even? Perhaps the Eastern Orthodox have heard of this. Has anyone ever heard of such a feast? Are there any other references to this that anyone knows of? Another possibility seems to be that perhaps it is on a Lenten calendar.
By the way, here is the wikipedia article on the Holy Lance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spear_of_Destiny and it seems old writings though not the Bible itself assert the name of the Roman Soldier who had the lance was named Longinus which some people do know of.
Ok, I’ve sought to word this as best as possible, I am sure now that I think about it, a good Catholic library like the one at Notre Dame of which there exists in the US with many old books would surely produce references now that I think about it.