Si vis pacem para bellum!
A few years ago, at my prompting, Fr. Richard Heilman, pastor of St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff here in the Diocese of Madison, sent some of his tough, gun-metal hued “Combat” Rosaries to the Pontifical Swiss Guards in the Vatican. He sent enough for all of them.
As it turned out, those rosaries arrived just when the Guards were in deep discussion about their approach to their duties and their needs. The Commandant, Col. Christoph Graff, distributed the Rosaries and spoke about them during the famous annual oath swearing ceremony in May. More on that HERE
Here is a shot of the Commandant, holding up one of the Rosaries as he described it as their most powerful weapon.
Now, all the Guards have one.
Recently, the Guards asked me to get some more for the new recruits slated to be inducted.
Fr. Heilman, once again, graciously put together a shipping case with enough for two new classes of Guards.
Each Rosary comes in a leather pouch and has an attached St. Benedict Medal.
Since Rosaries should be blessed, and St. Benedict Medals must be exorcised and blessed, on Sunday after Mass Fr. Heilman delivered the case to the sacristy and I did the honors. Here is a video of the blessings.
Would you like your own Combat Rosary to use or to give as a gift?