The Holy Spear of the Divine Liturgy
& Saint Theodosius of Argos, Greece (+922)
Fr. Stephen Anagnostopoulos, Greece:
With the Holy Spear we make exactly the same symbolic movement with that of the soldier who pierced the side of Christ’s Holy Body on the Cross,we say; one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side,and forthwith came there out “blood and water”, as we pour wine and water inside the Holy Cup.
At this point it is worth mentioning Saint Theodosius of Argos, Greece (+922), true story…
This Saint in particular celebrated the Divine Liturgy only once. On the first day he became a deacon,on the second day a priest,and on the third day he performed the Liturgy for the first time. When it was time to “pierce” the Holy Bread with the Holy Spear,he saw,right before his eyes, himself as a soldier with a sharp spear piercing the Holy Body of the Lord as Blood and Water were coming out of His side.
No one will ever find out how terrified he must have been(this will remain unknown)when he poured wine and water inside the Holy Cup!
He was indeed captivated by Divine fear so much so that when he had completed the Divine Liturgy he never celebrated it again.
Taken from the book: Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Experiences during the Divine Liturgy