|These are flame bladed swords. Im not sure what the|
practicality of that is but who cares, they are really cool.
|Some of these sets of body |
armor are over 300 years old.
They still go through intensive training and trust me, they are all in good shape; I would not mess with any of them. You may recognize the halberds in the picture to the left. These are the traditional weapon of the guards which they keep with them when they are on guard duty at St. Peters and I am told that they are not just for show. Our guide explained that the head of the halberd is designed so that it can be swung like an axe at the enemy or thrust straight like a spear. If the attempt missed then the guard can pull it back in one motion and as you can see it has some other sharp edges that might hurt.
The day was not all weapons though. It was also very cool to hear him speak about the Holy Father and the honor it is for him to have such a duty.
As always, thank you for your prayers and support. We could not persevere without them. In our Lord and our Lady, Seminarian Christopher Jarvis