Boondock Saints Prayer

What is the Boondock Saints Prayer?

This prayer is from a movie the Boondock Saints.  It was written by the director of the film Troy Duffy and his father.  He wrote the movie based on his experiences living in Los Angeles.  It is about and Irish Catholic fraternal twins that believe it is their duty from God to kill people in the mob.  It is a violent movie and you can find out more about the movie by clicking here

boondock saints prayer


Boondock Saints Prayer in English

“And shepherds we shall be,
For Thee, my Lord, for Thee.
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls shall it ever be.
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

Boondock Saints Prayer in Latin

Only the last line of the prayer was spoken in latin:

“And shepherds we shall be,
For Thee, my Lord, for Thee.
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls shall it ever be.
“In nomine Patris et Filii et Sancti Spiritus.


Then there were other latin words used like Veritas Aequitas  which means Truth and Justice


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


Is the Boondock Saints Prayer in the Bible?

No. This prayer does not exist in the bible.  Actually the only portion of this prayer that has anything to do with the bible is the last line.

There was a section of the movie where scripture was quoted by Il Dulce.  Specifially, (Deuteronomy 32:41-KJV) “If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.”

Some have said that the prayer was losely based on (Ezekiel 25:17 – KJV) “And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.”


Regardess, Christianity or Catholicism is not based on killing others as vengeance from God and this was the premise of the movie.

We hope this clears things up for those of you that wanted to know the origin of the Boondock Saints Family Prayer.


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  1. Ivan jackoff
    January 18, 2020 at 12:31 am — Reply

    There sheep dogs for the people!!! Just to make it as easy for people to grasp the movie has nothing to due with killing just protecting the weak..listen to preacher in first 5 mins

  2. Chris Sanche
    May 28, 2018 at 12:27 am — Reply

    First I have to point out that the Catholic church has killed thousands based on the most simple and basic use of the free will the Lord gave us, they believed in a different god or different version of the Catholic version of god through the crusades to the inquisition to the reasons area killing and condeming people of science, but more to the point, the brothers did not believe god wanted them to kill evil people, I believe the prayer to be more of an entreaty to god for forgiveness and a statement that though they kill they still wish to be beloved of god and to be forgiven

  3. Sam
    May 22, 2018 at 1:21 am — Reply

    I dont think that is what it meant. Though it is executed like that in the movie.
    What I got from it was that Shepards protect their flock and send forth a river teeming with souls to our Lord and Savior. And that Our Lord uses many of us in myterious ways to help others whether we know it or not. Yes a violent metaphor, same as some in primarily the Old Testament, but a metaphor nontheless.

    • Stephanne Beauchamp
      May 29, 2020 at 2:48 am — Reply

      I love your viewpoint. That’s how I read it to be 🙏🏽

  4. Kelly
    December 26, 2017 at 8:35 pm — Reply

    Thank you for your detailed explanation. I know someone that had this quote tattooed on them and I thought it was so odd how that movie resonated with them. It’s unfortunate that a movie can inspire so many on the foundation of hatred and violence 🙁

    • SaintsOfLand
      December 15, 2019 at 10:04 pm — Reply

      Maybe it’s less about hatred and violence, and more about justice.

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