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THE CEREMONY OF THE BLESSING OF THE SWORDS


  1. ENTRANCE PROCESSION.

HYMN: “COME HOLY GHOST” (ALL STAND AND SING AS PROCESSION ENTERS)


  1. PRAYER FOR UNITY. (ALL SIR KNIGHTS STAND AND RECITE) LORD JESUS CHRIST, YOU PRAYED ‘THAT ALL MAY BE ONE’ HELP US GROW IN RESPECT AND LOVE FOR ONR ANOTHER. SEND FORTH YOUR SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING TO UNITE OUR MINDS AND HEARTS IN YOUR LOVE SO THAT ALL OUR DIFFERENCES OF CULTURE AND LANGUAGE MAY BRING US IN HARMONY AS ONE – TO THE GLORY AND PRAISE OF OUR ETERNAL FATHER. AMEN




  1. PRAYERS. (KNEEL)

DIRECT, O LORD, OUR ACTIONS BY YOUR HOLY INSPIRATIONS THAT WHAT WE BEGIN IN YOUR NAME, MAY BE BROUGHT BY YOU AND THROUGH YOU TO A HAPPY CONCLUSION. THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.
MAKE US, O LORD, TO HAVE A PERPETUAL FEAR AND LOVE FOR YOUR HOLY NAME; FOR YOU HAVE NEVER FAILED TO HELP AND GOVERN THOSE WHO ARE STEADFAST IN SUCH LOVE AND FEAR. MAY WE AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS MEMBERS OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS EVER PRAISE YOU WITH OUR WORDS AND DEEDS. GRANT THAT WE MAY LOVE YOU WITH OUR WHOLE SOULS, OUR WHOLE MINDS, OUR WHOLE HEARTS, AND WITH ALL OUR STRENGTH.
GRANT, O LORD, THAT THIS OCCASION MAY BE A PUBLIC RENEWAL OF OUR DETERMINATION TO REMAIN STAUNCH CATHOLIC MEN AND WORTHY MEMBERS OF OUR GREAT FRATERNAL ORDER, THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. MAY WE GO ABOUT OUR APPOINTED TASKS WITHIN THOUGHT OF PERSONAL HONOR, BUT ONLY OF GLORY FOR YOUR HOLY NAME AND THAT OF OUR HOLY MOTHER CHURCH. THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.



  1. HOMILY.




  1. KNIGHTS PLEDGE AND BLESSING. (ALL KNIGHTS STAND AND RECITE)

IN THE PRESENCE OF ALMIGHTY GOD/ AND OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD/ HERE PRESENT UPON THIS ALTAR/ AND OF OUR LADY MARY/ THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD/ AND OF THE GOOD KNIGHTS, ST. MICHAEL AND ST. GEORGE/ AND OF ALL GOOD KNIGHTS, ANGELS AND SAINTS/ AND TRUSTING IN THE HELP OF THESE/ I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR/ TO SERVE BOTH GOD AND COUNTRY/ IN FULL TRUTH AND LOYALTY/ TO FIGHT MANFULLY FOR THEM/ FOR ALL LADIES, THE WEAK AND THE OPPRESSED/ AND IN THIS CAUSE/ AND IN THE DEFENSE OF THESE NEVER TO COUNT THE COSTS.
MAY I KEEP THIS, MY OATH/ SACRED AND TRUE/ MAY I DO THIS MY DUTY, KNIGHTLY AND WELL/ AND MAY ALMIGHTY GOD IN HIS MERCY GRANT ME HIS GRACE/ SO THAT MY LIFE MAY BE WITHOUT REPROACH/ MY DEATH WITH HONOR/ AND MY PLACE IN ETERNAL LIFE/ WITH THOSE WHOSE AID I HEREBY INVOKE.
(ALL KNEEL FOR THE PRIEST’S BLESSING)
MAY THE LORD CHRIST BE WITH YOU, THAT HE MAY DEFEND YOU; WITHIN YOU, THAT HE MAY SUSTAIN YOU; BEFORE YOU, THAT HE MAY LEAD YOU ON; ABOVE YOU, THAT HE MAY BLESS YOU; HE WHO LIVES AND REIGNS WITH THE FATHER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT FOREVER AND EVER. AND MAY THE BLESSING OF ALMIGHTY GOD, THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT DESCEND UPON YOU, AND REMAIN FOREVER. AMEN.


  1. BLESSING OF THE SWORDS. (ALL STAND, COLOR CORPS & OFFICERS FORM A CROSS; KNIGHTS PRESENT SWORDS, HILT UPWARDS)


PRIEST: OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD

ALL: WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH

PRIEST: THE LORD BE WITH YOU

ALL: AND WITH THY SPIRIT

PRIEST: LET US PRAY. O GOD, BY WHOSE WORD ALL THINGS ARE MADE HOLY, POUR DOWN THY BLESSING ON THESE SWORDS WHICH YOU HAVE CREATED; AND GRANT THAT WHOEVER, GIVING THANKS TO YOU, USES THEM IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR LAW AND YOUR WILL, MAY, BY CALLING UPON YOUR HOLY NAME, RECEIVE THROUGH YOUR AID, HEALTH OF BODY AND PROTECTION OF SOUL. THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD.

ALL: AMEN
(THE PRIEST BLESSES THE SWORDS WITH HOLY WATER)
(ALL REMAIN STANDING FOR THE SINGING OF “O CANADA”)
O CANADA, OUR HOME AND NATIVE LAND

TRUE PATRIOT LOVE, IN ALL OUR SONS COMMAND

WITH GLOWING HEARTS, WE SEE THEE RISE

THE TRUE NORTH STRONG AND FREE

FROM FAR AND WIDE, O CANADA

WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE

GOD KEEP OUR LAND, GLORIOUS AND FREE

O CANADA, WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE

O CANADA, WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE


  1. RECESSIONAL.

    1. HYMN: “HOLY GOD, WE PRAISE THY NAME”


Come, Holy Ghost





  1. Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,

And in our hearts take up your rest;

Come with your grace and heav’nly aid

To fill the hearts which you have made,

To fill the hearts which you have made.


  1. O Comforter, to you we cry,

The heav’nly gift of God most high;

The fount of life and fire of love,

And sweet anointing from above,

And sweet anointing from above.


  1. To every sense your light impart,

And shed your love in ev’ry heart,

To our weak flesh, your strength supply;

Unfailing courage from on high,

Unfailing courage from on high.


  1. O grant that we through you may come,

To know the Father and the Son;

And hold with firm, unchanging faith,

That you are Spirit of them both,

That you are Spirit of them both.

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name





  1. Holy God, we praise thy name!

Lord of all, we bow before thee!

All on earth thy sceptre claim,

All in heaven above adore thee.

Infinite thy vast domain,

Everlasting is thy reign. Repeat last two lines


  1. Hark! The loud celestial hymn

Angel choirs above are raising;

Cherubim and seraphim,

In unceasing chorus praising,

Fill the heavens with sweet accord;

Holy, holy, holy Lord! Repeat last two lines

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