|Faces of Moriones Festival|
The story goes like this... Longinus is the centurion who pierced the side of our Lord while he was hanging on the cross. Longinus, who was nearly blind, was healed when some of the blood and water from Jesus fell into his eyes. It was then he exclaimed "Indeed, this was the son of God!". Longinus then converted, left the army, took instruction from the apostles and became a monk in Cappadocia. There he was arrested for his faith, his teeth forced out and tongue cut off.