Blessing of a New Soldier and His Sword, from the Exeter Pontifical (14th Century, Sarum Rite)

Blessing of a new soldier’s sword.

– The Lord be with you.

– And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

O God, protector of all those hoping in you, be near and aid our supplications, and grant this to your household servant, N., who with a sincere heart strives to gird himself with a sword for a warrior:

that in all things he may be protected by the helmet of your virtue (cf. Eph. 6:17);

and as you alloted David and Judith the potency of victory and fortitude against the Gentiles, their enemy, so may he be always the victor, fortified by Your help against the fierceness of his enemies;

and may he act in guardianship toward the Holy Church. Through Christ Our Lord.

Let us pray.

O God, Who fixed three ranks of enemies in all the orb of lands after Adam’s Fall, in Whom Your faithful people remain secure and quiet, immune from all attack by wickedness; be near and aid [our] supplications;

and deign to bless + this sword, which we bless by the invocation of Your most holy Name, as well as your household servant to whom You grant it;

We belt it around him and gird it on him, so that he may make use of it;

so that with Your protection he may both restrain the lurking enemies of the Church, and defend himself powerfully from every enemy. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Rubric: And he sprinkles the soldier and the sword with holy water.

Note that self-defense is a perfectly acceptable use of a weapon.

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2 responses to “Blessing of a New Soldier and His Sword, from the Exeter Pontifical (14th Century, Sarum Rite)

  1. And if you want to read a recounting of the full ritual of making of knights (still in the ponitifical of the 1800s!) check out my “Esto Miles Pacificus” and the related installments of the Saga.

    I wish some serious bishop in OUR cosmos would start blessing policemen and their weapons with such powerful rites.

    “Virtue is not popular but it is necessary.”

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