This chapter deals with Christ's strong words to the bride against present-day knights, and about the proper way of creating knights, and how God gives and bestows strength and help to them in their actions. One of the knights is believed to have been Sir Karl*, who was St. Bridget's own son.
"I am one God together with the Father and the Holy Spirit in a trinity of persons. None of the Three can be separated or divided from the others, but the Father is in both the Son and the Spirit, and the Son is in both the Father and the Spirit, and the Spirit is in both. The Divinity sent Its Word to the Virgin Mary through the angel Gabriel. Yet the same God, both sending and being sent by Himself, was with the angel, and He was in Gabriel, and He was in the Virgin prior to Gabriel. After the angel had delivered his message, the Word was made flesh in the Virgin. I, Who speak with you, Am that Word.
The Father sent Me through Himself together with the Holy Spirit into the womb of the Virgin, although not in such away that the angels would be left without the vision and presence of God. Rather, I, the Son, Who was with the Father and the Holy Spirit in the virginal womb, remained the same God in the sight of the angels in Heaven together with the Father and the Spirit, ruling and sustaining all things. However, the human nature assumed by the only Son lay in the womb of Mary. I, Who am one God in My divine and human natures, do not disdain to speak with you and thus manifest My love and strengthen the holy faith.
Although My human form seems to be here before you and to be speaking with you, nonetheless it is truer to say that your soul and your conscience are with Me and in Me. Nothing in Heaven or on earth is impossible or difficult for Me. I am like a powerful king who comes to a city with his troops and takes up the whole place, occupying all of it. In like manner, My grace fills all of your limbs and strengthens them all. I am within you and with out you. Although I may be speaking with you, I remain the same in My glory. What could possibly be difficult for Me Who sustains all things with My power and arranges all things in My wisdom, surpassing everything in excellence? I, Who am one God together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, without beginning or end, Who assumed a human nature for the sake of the salvation of humankind, the divine nature remaining intact, Who suffered, rose again, and ascended into Heaven, I am now truly speaking with you.
I told you earlier about the knights who were once most pleasing to Me because they were bound to Me by the bond of charity. They bound themselves by their oath to offer up their body for My body, their blood for My blood. This is why I gave them My consent, why I joined them to Myself in a single bond and a single company. Now, however, My grievance is that these knights, who ought to be Mine, have turned away from Me. I am their Creator and redeemer as well as their helper. I made a body with all its limbs for them. I made everything in the world for their use. I redeemed them with My blood. I bought an eternal inheritance for them with My passion. I protect them in every danger.
Now, however, they have turned away from Me. They hold My passion for naught, they neglect My words that should delight and nourish their soul. They despise Me, preferring with all their heart and soul to offer up their body and let it be wounded in return for human praise, to shed their blood for the sake of satisfying their greed, happy to die on account of worldly, devilish, empty speech. But still, although they have turned away, My mercy and justice is upon them. I mercifully watch over them so that they may not be handed over to the devil. In justice I bear with them patiently and, if they would turn back again, I would welcome them joyfully and gladly run out to meet them.
Tell that man* who wants to put his knighthood at My service that he can please Me once again through the following ceremony. Anyone who wants to be made a knight should proceed with his horse and armor to the churchyard and leave his horse there, since it was not made for human pride but in order to be useful in life and in defense and in fighting the enemies of God. Then let him put on his cloak, placing its clasp to his forehead, similar to what a deacon does when he puts on his stole as a sign of obedience and holy patience. In like manner, he should put on his cloak and place the clasp to his forehead as a sign both of his military vows and of the obedience undertaken for the defense of Christ's cross.
A banner of the secular government should be carried before him, reminding him that he should obey his worldly government in all the things that are not against God. Once he has entered the churchyard, the priests should go out to meet him with the banner of the church. On it the passion and wounds of Christ should be depicted as a sign that he is obliged to defend the Church of God and comply with her prelates. When he enters the church, the banner of the temporal government should remain outside the church while the banner of God should go before him into the church as a sign that divine authority precedes secular authority and that one should care more about spiritual things than temporal things.
When Mass has been said up to the Agnus Dei, the presiding officer, that is, the king or someone else, should go up to the knight at the altar and say: 'Do you want to be made a knight?' When the candidate answers, 'I do,' the other should add the words: 'Promise to God and to me that you will defend the faith of the Holy Church and obey its leaders in all the things pertaining to God!'
When the candidate answers 'I do,' the other should place a sword in his hands, saying: 'Behold, I place a sword in your hands so that you may not spare even your own life for the sake of God's Church, so that you may crush the enemies of God and protect the friends of God.' Then he should give him the shield and say: 'Behold, I give you a shield so that you may defend yourself against the enemies of God, so that you may offer assistance to widows and orphans, so that you may add to the glory of God in every way.'
Then he should place his hand on the other's neck, saying: 'Behold, you are now subject to obedience and to authority. Know, then, that you must carry out in practice what you have bound yourself to by your pledges!'
After this, the cloak and its clasps should be fitted on him in order to remind him daily both of his vows to God and that, by his profession before the Church, he has bound himself to do more than others to defend the Church of God.
Once these things are done and the Agnus Dei has been said, the priest celebrating the Mass should give him My body in order that he may defend the faith of the Holy Church. I will be in him and he in Me. I will furnish him with help and strength, and I will make him burn with the fire of My love so as to desire nothing but me and to fear nothing but Me, his God. If he should happen to be on a campaign when he undertakes this service for My glory and the defense of My faith, it will still benefit him, provided his intention is upright.
I am everywhere by virtue of My power, and all people can please Me by an upright intention and a good will. I am love, and no one can come to Me but a person who has love. Therefore I do not order anyone to do this, since in that case they would be serving Me out of fear. But those who want to undertake this form of knightly service can be pleasing to Me. It would be fitting for them to show through humility that they want to return to the true exercise of knighthood, inasmuch as desertion from the profession of true knighthood occurs through pride."
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Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden - Book Two: Chapter Thirteen