We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition; and gentlemen in England now a-bed shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
Henry V, Shakespeare
This quote from Shakespeare’s Henry V’s “St. Crispin’s Day Speech” forms one of the first instances of English literature linking solidarity and comradeship to success in battle.
Solidarity and comradeship is not only key to success in battle, but also to success in everyday life and in the trials and tribulations that one faces there. As the apostle Paul encouraged the followers of Jesus in Ephesus in Ephesians 6: 10 – 17) to put on the full armor of God to stand against the devil’s schemes, so we too put on the full armor of God and stand together as a “Band of Brothers.”
The Band of Brothers are is open to all men of faith of Holy Cross and to their friends to come together guided by the following two principles:
- To love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
- Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
We are here to serve our church, our fellow man, and to help each other. We help each other in a number of ways including the following; through encouragement, by being a good listener, by “being there times of sorrow and grief, in tough times and in good times, by helping in times of need, by going to disaster stricken areas and helping to feed those in need and helping those who need an “extra hand,” by clearing out damage after storms, by cutting trees, by lending an extra strong hand, and just by being there to help when and where help is needed.
The Band of Brothers generally meets the third Saturday of each month at 7:30 AM in our Parish Hall.
All men of faith are welcomed and encouraged to come and join us.