Knights of Columbus donate 100,000 combat-sturdy “Armed with the Faith” prayer books, pays for shipping to Catholic servicemen and women worldwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) has begun shipping 100,000 new Armed with the Faith prayer books to Catholic military chaplains stationed worldwide for distribution to the rank and file in the armed forces wherever they serve. Since 2004, the Knights of Columbus (K of C) have foot the bill for publication and shipping of the virtually indestructible, waterproof, flip-top prayer books, designed for use in the most rugged conditions including hard battle. More than 500,000 copies have been distributed over the past ten years, mainly through AMS chaplains in the field.
Armed with the Faith contains more than 70 prayers and devotions, such as a Prayer in Time of War, Prayer for One’s Family, Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd”), and the Rosary; notes on the Sacrament of Penance including an examination of conscience and a guide for making a good confession; catechetical instruction and excerpts from St. Augustine’s writings on “Just War;” religious reference material including the Ten Commandments, the Precepts of the Church, the Holy Days of Obligation, and the Seven Sacraments; and hymns such as “The National Anthem,” “America the Beautiful,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “Onward, Christian Soldiers.”
The new 5th edition contains a number of enhancements, including sections on patron saints of the military services, the new responses for Mass, and a more detailed table of contents.
On Thursday, May 8, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, blessed the outgoing books in the garage loading dock of the AMS pastoral center on Michigan Avenue in northeast Washington, where the books are being shipped across the nation and overseas.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“It is my fervent hope and prayer that these new prayer books will spiritually encourage servicemen and women, especially those in harm’s way, to go forth “Armed with the Faith,” as the previous editions have done so effectively over the past decade. I am deeply grateful to the Knights of Columbus for so generously providing the books and paying for the considerable cost of shipping them to our chaplains stationed around the world, so that they may in turn make them available to those who serve.”
Any chaplain who has not ordered the new Armed with the Faith prayer book—or wants additional copies—may place an order, including the number of books requested rounded to the nearest 50, by contacting Ms. Jo Ann Redmond at (202) 719-3600 or JRedmond@milarch.org .