Many of you will remember that project we had to make fitted armor for one of the Swiss Guard. HERE
I was alerted to a great photo at the National Catholic Register of the Guard in his splendid armor…. made by some of you reader/donors.
That’s our guy on the right. On the breastplate he had engraved St. Joseph and St. Joan of Arc.
And you may also remember that the Swiss Guard also were given and carry the “Combat Rosary” in the gun-metal finish, modeled on the military-issued rosaries of yesteryear. These are prepared by my friend Fr. Heilman. A couple years ago, we had an project to put these rosaries into the hands of the Guards. The Commandant spoke about them at last years swearing in ceremony on 6 May 2016. The Guards were discussing this new tense time of security both for the Holy Fathers and for the Guards themselves:
At the right time, at the beginning of the year, a generous donor has surprised us with a gift. He sent the Swiss guard the most powerful weapon that exists on the market: the ‘Combat Rosary’, Literally, the rosary for the fight. Now it was given in allocation to all the guards. It is important that we find the path of prayer, especially the prayer of the Rosary. Our life, our works and our actions are in the hands of God. However, this does not mean that we can give up to arms and to exercises. God uses us as instruments to ward off evil in some situations. This is why we need a faith, faith in God and prayer.
Cooler than that is hard to find.
What I was talking about. And it’s just about the same color as other things in my “daily carry” set.