Bérenger Saunière’s Vesting Prayer

Paul Smith

13 July 2017

Bérenger Saunière placed the following words in his sacristy:

Da, Domine, virtutem manibus meis ad abstergendam omnem maculam; ut sine pollutione mentis et corporis valeam tibi servire

(Grant, Lord, virtue to my hands for wiping out all stain; that without impurity of mind or body I may be able to serve You)

This is a Vesting Prayer spoken by a Roman Catholic priest when washing his hands before celebrating mass.

There is nothing odd or unusual about anything found in Saunière’s church in Rennes-le-Château.

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