The Boondock Saints Prayer (it’s meaning)

In this blog post, we will talk about the meaning of the Boondock Saints prayer and about the plotline of the Boondock Saints movie. 

The Boondock Saints Prayer

“And Shepherds we shall be For thee, my Lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee And teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomine Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.”

The last sentence of the Boondock Saints Prayer is in Latin and it means” “In the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit.”

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What is the meaning of Boondock Saints Prayer?

In the context of the movie, Boondock Saints, the prayer means that the main characters truly believe that they were sent to Earth by God, to be His tools of vengeance and justice on the world. 

They also promise to follow God’s directions and send Him all the sinners.

Also in the movie, we catch a lot of the phrase “Veritas Aequitas”. This is also a Latin phrase and it means “Truth and Justice”.

Veritas Aequitas appears in the Latin version of the Bible, in Isaiah 59:14:

et conversum est retrorsum iudicium et iustitia longe stetit quia corruit in platea veritas et aequitas non potuit ingredi

Translated in English it means:

And judgment is turned away backwards, and justice standeth afar off: for truth has fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

Since the characters of the movie, the  MacManus twins are from Ireland, here is the Boondock Saints Prayer in Irish Gaelic Celtic:

“Agus beimid inár n-aoirí

ar do shonsa, a Thiarna, ar do shonsa,

tá cumhacht tagtha anuas ó do lámh

ionas go gcomhlíonadh ár gcosa do thoil go tapaidh.

Sruthóimid ar aghaidh mar abhainn chugat

Agus plódaithe le hanamacha a bheidh sí go deo.

In ainm, an Athar, agus an Mhic, agus an Spioraid Naomh”

The Boondock Saints movie is both loved and hated by its viewers. Let’s see what the movie is about. 

The Boondock Saints – The movie

Title: The Boondock Saints

Year of publication: 1999

Directed by Troy Duffy

Genre: action

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus

Summary: The Boston Mafia is being hunted down, and police efforts to shed light on the crimes remain fruitless. And, in the end, why would you want to find the culprits? 

When the most dangerous people in the city are exterminated by a third party, what to do? Arrest them for killing criminals?

Let them carry out their bloody mission to the end? The trailer can be watched here.

The MacManus brothers lead a simple and peaceful life in Ireland with their father, but when they learn that their respected and beloved priest has been killed by the Mafia, the two return to Boston to punish those responsible.

Although they have retreated to the quiet valleys of Ireland for several years, far from their tumultuous past and modern technology, Connor and Murphy MacManus decide to return to Boston to avenge the assassination of a priest they held dear.

Hunted by monster Yakavetta’s son Concezio and tracked down murderer Romeo and FBI agent Eunice Bloom, the MacManus brothers embark on a bloody and violent crusade against organized crime in the US state of Massachusetts to restore justice.

Undoubtedly, this movie falls into the category of very bad movies.

Why? We have two Catholic, alcoholic, nudist, Irish assassins waving their weapons and killing everything they catch illegally.

To make matters worse, the police are represented by a brilliant, gay detective who riverdances at the crime scene and discovers that the transvestite is not a bad idea at all.

It is an illogical combination of blood, the violence of all kinds and religious doctrine.

It’s such a bad movie that it’s good! Ok, let’s put aside all the nonsense about family reunions, killing spree in the name of God, sniffing, shootings and crises. What’s left? 

The question remains: is it wrong the idea of the justices who, by placing themselves above the law that protects the right to life of those who take the right of others, restore the balance?

Is what the MacManus brothers do, correct and justifiable in any way?

The movie attributes this dilemma to the character Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe), the detective who has conscious processes after knowing the cause of the two “holy killers”. 

The conclusion he reaches is legendary.

A very interesting thing about this movie is that, in the end, it includes some reactions from individuals on the street to the same question: Is it good to take justice into your own hands if no one else does it? 

The answers vary, of course, but the question remains always the same.

The Boondock Saints is not recommended for those sensitive to violence, but it is a movie that will surely make you think about the balance of this world.

The Boondock Saints is a fabulous and original movie with some scenes not seen in other movies, it’s more of a black-humour comedy, but the slow-motion action phases are sensational. 

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Conclusions

In this blog post, we talked about the meaning of the Boondock Saints prayer and about the plotline of the Boondock Saints movie. 

In the context of the movie, Boondock Saints, the prayer means that the main characters truly believe that they were sent to Earth by God, to be His tools of vengeance and justice on the world. 

They also promise to follow God’s directions and send Him all the sinners.

In the movie, although they have retreated to the quiet valleys of Ireland for several years, far from their tumultuous past and modern technology, Connor and Murphy MacManus decide to return to Boston to avenge the assassination of a priest they held dear.

Have you seen the Boondock Saints movie? What did you think about it? Let us know in the comments section!

FAQ about The Boondock Saints Prayer

What is the Boondock Saints prayer?

The Boondock Saints prayer is a prayer that the two main characters of the movie say. Here it is: “And Shepherds we shall be For thee, my Lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee And teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomine Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.

What does Veritas Aequitas mean from Boondock Saints?

Veritas aequitas is Latin for Truth and Justice. Veritas Aequitas appears in the Latin version of the Bible, in Isaiah 59:14.

Is The Boondock Saints prayer in the Bible?

The Boondock Saints Prayer is not actually a prayer from the Bible. The only phrase from the prayer that we can find in the Bible, however, is the last line: “In Nomine Patri, Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.” 

What do the tattoos in Boondock Saints mean?

The tattoos in Boondock Saints are Veritas (Connor) and Aequitas (Normal), which is Latin for Truth and Justice

What religion are the Boondock Saints?

The religion of the two Boondock Saints characters is Irish Catholic.

What do the Boondock Saints say before killing someone?

Before killing someone the Boondock Saints say the following phrase: “Power hath descended forth from Thy hand Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee And teeming with souls shall it ever be.”

References

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