EN TOUTO NIKA - "Conquer by this!"


President: Please stand for the posting of the colors and Vow of the Order and remain standing for the invocation and prayers

All: Vow I acknowledge Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior. I will endeavor to obey the Ten Commandments & the Summary of the Law, and follow the Rule of the Order of Centurions; and through faith and the aid of the Holy Spirit - fear God and do what is right. So help me God.

Chaplain: Invocation We beseech thee, O Father, to send down upon us thy Holy Spirit to guide us in this assembly and bless all of our operations begun, continued, and ended in your Holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

President: Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and great commandment, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments stand all the law and the prophets.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy

Let us pray the Prayer of the Order

All Almighty God, our sovereign Lord, who called Cornelius the Centurion to be the first Christian among the Gentiles, who healed the servant at Capernaum in accordance with the Centurion's great faith, and who inspired the Centurion at Calvary to glorify Jesus; strengthen us in our faith that we might follow their example to love, serve, and glorify you as faithful members of the Church Militant, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Epistle: Ephesians 6: 10-18

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Here ends the epistle

Psalm 144 (for the gradual...sung or said responsively by full verse or in unison)

Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.
LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.
Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;
Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
All: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

(all standing) The Gospel is written in the 12th Chapter of St. Luke beginning in the 35st verse:
Glory be to you O Lord

[Jesus said,] Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise be to you O Christ



CONSTANTINE regarded the entire world as one immense body, and perceived that the head of it all, the royal city of the Roman empire, was bowed down by the weight of a tyrannous oppression [under Co-Emperor Maxentius]; at first he had left the task of liberation to those who governed the other divisions of the empire, as being his superiors in point of age. But when none of these proved able to afford relief, and those who had attempted it had experienced a disastrous termination of their enterprise, he said that life was without enjoyment to him as long as he saw the imperial city thus afflicted, and prepared himself for the overthrowal of the tyranny...

BEING convinced, however, that he needed some more powerful aid than his military forces could afford him ... he sought Divine assistance, deeming the possession of arms and a numerous soldiery of secondary importance, but believing the co-operating power of Deity invincible and not to be shaken. ...

ACCORDINGLY he called on [God] with earnest prayer and supplications that he would reveal to him who he was, and stretch forth his right hand to help him in his present difficulties. And while he was thus praying with fervent entreaty, a most marvelous sign appeared to him from heaven, the account of which it might have been hard to believe had it been related by any other person. But since the victorious emperor himself long afterwards declared it to the writer of this history, when he was honored with his acquaintance and society, and confirmed his statement by an oath, who could hesitate to accredit the relation, especially since the testimony of after-time has established its truth? He said that about noon, when the day was already beginning to decline, he saw with his own eyes the trophy of a cross of light in the heavens, above the sun, and bearing the inscription,


At this sight he himself was struck with amazement, and his whole army also, which followed him on this expedition, and witnessed the miracle.... He said, moreover, that he doubted within himself what the import of this apparition could be. And while he continued to ponder and reason on its meaning, night suddenly came on; then in his sleep the Christ of God appeared to him with the same sign which he had seen in the heavens, and commanded him to make a likeness of that sign which he had seen in the heavens, and to use it as a safeguard in all engagements with his enemies.

AT dawn of day he arose, and communicated the marvel to his friends: and then, calling together the workers in gold and precious stones, he sat in the midst of them, and described to them the figure of the sign he had seen, bidding them represent it in gold and precious stones. And this representation I myself have had an opportunity of seeing.

NOW it was made in the following manner. A long spear, overlaid with gold, formed the figure of the cross by means of a transverse bar laid over it. On the top of the whole was fixed a wreath of gold and precious stones; and within this, the symbol of the Saviour's name, two letters indicating the name of Christ by means of its initial characters, the letter P [Rho] being intersected by X [Chi] in its centre: and these letters the emperor was in the habit of wearing on his helmet at a later period. From the cross-bar of the spear was suspended a cloth, a royal piece, covered with a profuse embroidery of most brilliant precious stones; and which, being also richly interlaced with gold, presented an indescribable degree of beauty to the beholder. ...

THE emperor constantly made use of this sign of salvation as a safeguard against every adverse and hostile power, and commanded that others similar to it should be carried at the head of all his armies.... These things were done shortly afterwards. But at the time above specified, being struck with amazement at the extraordinary vision, and resolving to worship no other God save Him who had appeared to him, he sent for those who were acquainted with the mysteries of His doctrines, and enquired who that God was, and what was intended by the sign of the vision he had seen. They affirmed that He was God, the only begotten Son of the one and only God: that the sign which had appeared was the symbol of immortality, and the trophy of that victory over death which He had gained in time past when sojourning on earth. They taught him also the causes of His advent, and explained to him the true account of His incarnation. Thus he was instructed in these matters, and was impressed with wonder at the divine manifestation which had been presented to his sight. Comparing, therefore, the heavenly vision with the interpretation given, he found his judgment confirmed; and, in the persuasion that the knowledge of these things had been imparted to him by Divine teaching, he determined thenceforth to devote himself to the reading of the Inspired writings. Moreover, he made the priests of God his counselors, and deemed it incumbent on him to honor the God who had appeared to him with all devotion. And after this, being fortified by well-grounded hopes in Him, he hastened to quench the threatening fire of tyranny...

ASSUMING therefore the Supreme God as his patron, and invoking His Christ to be his preserver and aid, and setting the victorious trophy, the salutary symbol, in front of his soldiers and body guard, he marched with his whole forces, trying to obtain again for the Romans the freedom they had inherited from their ancestors... MAXINTIUS, and the soldiers and guards with him, "went down into the depths like stone," when, in his flight before the divinely-aided forces of Constantine, he essayed to cross the river which lay in his way... giving way unexpectedly before the appointed time, the bridge began to sink, and the boats with the men in them went bodily to the bottom. And first the wretch himself, then his armed attendants and guards, even as the sacred oracles had before described, "sank as lead in the mighty waters"...

HAVING then at this time sung these and suchlike praises to God, the Ruler of all and the Author of victory, after the example of his great servant Moses, Constantine entered the imperial city in triumph. And here the whole body of the senate, and others of rank and distinction in the city, freed as it were from the restraint of a prison, along with the whole Roman populace, their countenances expressive of the gladness of their hearts, received him with acclamations and abounding joy; men, women, and children, with countless multitudes of servants, greeting him as deliverer, preserver, and benefactor, with incessant shouts. But he, being possessed of inward piety toward God, was neither rendered arrogant by these plaudits, nor uplifted by the praises he heard: but, being sensible that he had received help from God, he immediately rendered a thanksgiving to him as the Author of his victory...

MOREOVER, by loud proclamation and monumental inscriptions he made known to all men the salutary symbol, setting up this great trophy of victory over his enemies in the midst of the imperial city, and expressly causing it to be engraved in indelible characters, that the salutary symbol was the safeguard of the Roman government and of the entire empire. Accordingly, he immediately ordered a lofty spear in the figure of a cross to be placed beneath the hand of a statue representing himself, in the most frequented part of Rome, and the following inscription to be engraved on it in the Latin language:



Let us reaffirm our faith in the words of the ancient baptismal creed:
  [Forma Roma or Apostles Creed]


I believe in God, the Father omnipotent.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
who was born of the Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary;
under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead; ascended into heaven,
and sits on the right hand of the Father;
he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

And in the Holy Spirit;
the Holy Church;
the forgiveness of sins;
and the resurrection of the body.

Bidding Prayers Good Christian centurions, I bid your prayers for our country, leaders, military, and all the people, and for peace in our time.... Pray for the Church Militant, her ministers, missions, the Order of Centurions, and her members, and the salvation of all men that they may come to know Christ as Lord and Savior.... Pray for the needs of our families, fellow centurions, those to be received in the Labarum Guard and our own needs... Give thanks to God for his many blessings....

And now, let us collect our prayers and supplications boldly praying as our Lord taught us, saying...

OUR FATHER in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one..

Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Let us share the Peace of God with one another.

Chaplain asks the Blessing on the meal: Let us pray: Blessed are you, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, for you have given us this bread to strengthen our bodies, and this drink to make our hearts glad. Bless, O Lord, this food for our use, and us for your service; through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (or other blessing before the meal)

Agape Meal

INSTALLATION After the Agape Meal the installation of new guards, if any, may be conducted.

Do you accept appointment in the Labarum Guard of the Order of Centurions?
I do.

Will you endeavor to grow in the virtues of justice, wisdom, courage, and moderation; protect and defend the Church Militant against every assault of the enemy; and render unto God your Christian service?
I will, with God's help.

You are hereby enrolled and inducted into the Labarum Guard by Legion order.

President: Let us pray the Prayer of the Labarum Guard in unison.

Almighty God, Captain of the Host, inspire us, we beseech you, to grow in the virtues of justice, wisdom, courage, and moderation; to protect and defend the Church Militant against every assault of the enemy; and to render unto you our Christian service; through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

After the induction, may be said the Centurion's Litany for the newly inducted members of the Labarum Guard

Lord, give us knowledge of ourselves
O Lord, sustain us in your service

As we serve you in our work and in our lives, give us an earnest desire to strengthen our faith continually by study, diligence, prayer, and meditation.
O Lord, sustain us in your service

As soldiers, obedient to your Command, let your Spirit motivate us this day
O Lord, sustain us in your service

We pray today for these members of our Legion: FOR

* ________________________________ *   Bless him your centurion, good Lord
* ________________________________ *   Bless him your centurion, good Lord
* ________________________________ *   Bless him your centurion, good Lord
* ________________________________ *   Bless him your centurion, good Lord
* ________________________________ *   Bless him your centurion, good Lord
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That it may please you to give us peace * We beseech you to hear us, good Lord

Lord have mercy upon us
Christ have mercy upon us
Lord have mercy upon us

Let us pray:

O Christ, our Leader in life's battle; We pray you; love all fellow officers of the Order of Centurions and teach them to love you with all their hearts and minds that they may think and speak and do only such things as are well-pleasing to you. Give them ready grace always to be strong and good, faithful and brave soldiers. Give them the courage to boldly witness their faith in you by their thoughts, words and actions. Graciously assist them with your heavenly help that they may ever diligently serve you and by no temptation be separated from you; who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen



Chaplain: As we conclude this observance of the vision of the Christmon by Constantine and the Battle of Saxa Ruba, let us go forth praising God and doing what is right in his sight, and now may the Lord bless us and keep us, may His face shine upon us and be gracious to us, and may He lift up his countenance upon us and grant us peace. Amen

The formal portion of the feast and installation ends here

Souce: Extracted from Volume I, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2nd Series, ed. P. Schaff and H. Wace, (Edinburgh: repr. Grand Rapids MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1955) yhe digital version is by The Electronic Bible Society, P.O. Box 701356, Dallas, TX 75370, 214-407-WORD. 4:14 PM 8/27/2005