Be Brave and Let Your Heart Be Stronger

O Lord our God, God of Power and Might, powerful in strength, strong in battle, You once gave miraculous strength to Your child David granting him victory over his opponent the blasphemer Goliath. Mercifully accept our humble prayer. Send Your heavenly blessing upon these weapons. Give to them power and strength that they may protect Your holy Church, the […]

A New Pair of Beads

I recently commissioned Gayle Murphy of Queen of Peace Rosaries to restring a set of beads and hardware using her excellent — both sturdy and handsome — wire-wrapping technique. The result is magnificent! The crucifix is a heavy, handmade, sterling silver piece from South America — Peru, I believe. The Pater beads are sterling silver, […]

Beannaich, a Thriath

Bless, O Chief of generous chiefs Myself and everything anear me, Bless me in all my actions, Make Thou me safe for ever, Make Thou me safe for ever. From every brownie and ban-shee, From every evil wish and sorrow, From every nymph and water-wraith, From every fairy-mouse and grass-mouse, From every fairy-mouse and grass-mouse. […]

Daemones ab Eodem Recesserunt Fonte

Caput 10: De Alia Maligna Fontana Aqua Quam Vir Beatus in Pictorum Regione Benedixit ALIO in tempore, vir beatus, cum in Pictorum provincia per aliquot demoraretur dies, audiens in plebe gentili de alio fonte divulgari famam, quem quasi deum stolidi homines, diabolo eorum obcaecante sensus, venerabantur; nam de eodem fonticulo bibentes, aut in eo manus […]

A Tremulous Blessing

This has to be the weirdest blessing from the Rituale Romanum: 22. BLESSING OF A SEISMOGRAPH (Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Feb. 13, 1924) P: Our help is in the name of the Lord. All: Who made heaven and earth. P: The Lord be with you. All: May He also be with you. […]