The Sledgehammer Blessing

Protestors in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, toppled the city’s statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin on Sunday and then pounded it into chips with a sledgehammer.

According to reports, some 500,000 protestors gathered in Independence Square to protest President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign trade and political agreements with the European Union.

What really caught my attention, though, is this:  Before the cathartic destruction of the statue, the sledgehammer used in the protest had been blessed by a priest, who emerged from the crowd, offered a prayer and sprinkled holy water on the sledgehammer.

So I’m wondering:  What kind of blessing do you say for a sledgehammer?

  • ME

    I’m not sure what kind of blessing that would be, but if you find out, let me know!

  • Dale

    Blessing the sledgehammer was an act of daring, with the photo of the priest being spread worldwide. I hope he does not suffer for it. I saw one Twitter message, which I can not confirm, which stated the priest belonged to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. If so, his superiors are unlikely to be pro-Moscow.

    Of course, there are ongoing tensions between the Eastern Catholic churches and the Orthodox churches in that part of Europe. However, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate reportedly is strongly supportive of integration with Europe. So perhaps that will help neutralize any antagonisms.

  • Manny

    God bless you brother sledgehammer, for your strength, and hardness, and power. May the concentrated mass that our Lord has endowed you act in freedom and peace. :)