“Truly this was the Son of God!”

Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the Earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the Saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His Resurrection, they went into the Holy City and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

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Saint Longinus the Centurion was the chief of the soldiers who were present at Christ’s Crucifixion on Golgotha, and the chief guard of His Holy Tomb. Saint Longinus and his soldiers also witnessed the earthquake and everything else that happened. He and two of his soldiers came to believe Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of God.

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