Saturday, December 6, 2014

Wonder if he reused St. Elias' blessing of automobiles?

(The Darkroom) - A Russian Orthodox priest blesses a SU-27 SM fighter jet on the airfield of Belbek military airport outside Sevastopol. Crimean military air forces were reinforced by ten Russian SU-27 SM and four SU-30 fighter jets today. NATO's top military commander warned Wednesday that Russia's "militarisation" of the annexed Crimea peninsula could be used by Moscow to exert control across the whole Black Sea region. (Yuri Lashov/Getty Images)


  1. A priest should never bless weapons.

    1. Your view is hardly universal, and is of questionable validity given that there is an ancient service for exactly that purpose:

      Blessing of Swords/Sabers and Soldiers

      The Bishop or Priest comes out of the Altar to a table before the Ambon on which the weapons are placed, and he censes the weapons crosswise while the Reader begins as is common:

      Reader: O Heavenly King …, Trisagion, etc. … Psalm 35. Alleluia … Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord

      The Bishop or Priest reads this prayer over the weapons:

      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 (..naming each weapon..). Give to them power and strength that they may protect Your holy Church, the poor and the widows, and Your holy inheritance on earth, and make them horrible and terrible to any enemy army, and grant victory to Your people for your glory, for You are our strength and protection and unto You do we send up praise and glory, to the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

      Then the Priest sprinkles blessed water on the weapons saying:

      Let the blessing of the Triune God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, come down on and remain upon these weapons and those who carry them, for the protection of the truth of Christ. Amen.

      After this the soldiers carrying the weapons are blessed, with the prayer:

      Be brave and let your heart be stronger and win victory over your enemies, trusting in God, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    2. @Triggstar

      Ottomans should rape your wife, daughter and mother; fucking cuckhold!

  2. Good to see military equipment blessed. May the blessed aircraft always be used in the defense of the common good.