My blog gets hit more because of the Boondock Saints than for anything else, all due to an old post where I reviewed this awesome film. It was back when I had first started writing the blog and after the many comments and questions I have decided to put a little FAQ together to help people out. As it always changes with outside links please let me know if there are any broken links.


1) What does Aequitas (and or veritas) mean?

Simply stated,

Aequitas = Justice & Veritas = Truth

There are longer definitions to this question but this is the basic answer. The more literal translation of Aequitas in English would be Equality, but we all know that Truth and Justice makes a lot more sense.

2) Why is this movie such a cult classic in but not popular in the US?

This movie was set to be released around the time the tragedy in the Columbine High School happened. This was not the only movie affected, many others got either shelved or released straight to video in the US which was the case for The Boondock Saints. I think it is a more popular film in the US now since all the people that have watched are looking forward to the release of the sequel.

3) There was a sequel? Yes, and even other stuff like comics and stuff!

4) What is the family prayer, what does it mean?

The Family Prayer

“And Shepherds we shall be

For thee, my Lord, for thee.

Power hath descended forth from Thy hand

Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands.

So we shall flow a river forth to Thee

And teeming with souls shall it ever be.

In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.” (In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit)

For more on the prayers and speeches go to the msn group.

5) I want to get the tattoo’s where can I get images?

Here is an image,
Boondock Saints Tattoos
You can also get temporary tattoos from the official website’s shop.

Still have questions? Want to know more? Go over to the wikipedia for lots of good info

126 comments on “Boondock Saints

  1. Was wondering if anyone knows what the beginning church scene means how the father is talking about what happened 30years ago and seems its realted to the brothers and what does the one priest say to the other one when he looks like hes about to tell somthing to the brothers does anyone know???

  2. Actually if no on ehas posted it yet … Aequitas actually means Equality not Justice so yea there you guys go. Have a good one!

  3. Well it means both… my bad forgot to put that lol …well like I said earlier, Have a good one!

  4. No, I don’t think the cat died. Although the splatter was very realistic.

    I just love the movie.

  5. i first watched the movie on 28.2.07 & have wachted it twice since then. i just wanted to know how to find/buy the soundtrack (everything i’ve tried does not work) & can i buy the movie @ my local wal-mart or do have to go to best buy or something? thanx!!

  6. When I raise my flashing sword, and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance upon mine enemies, and I will repay those who haze me. Oh, Lord, raise me to Thy right hand and count me among Thy saints.

  7. hey yeah thanks to John F. i needed to find the font ay… seeing as im gettin Veritas Aequitas writtin down my spine… so that should be fun… best movie… on top of my list…. so yeah.. thanks for all the music people have found… much appreciated ay… cheers.


    Hey cowboy, I’d really like your choir mix of boondock saints, would you mind sending it to me?

    Hey LOTRMS,
    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I can send you a copy of my Choir Mix. email me at Anyone else who wants a copy please email me and I’ll get it out to ya ASAP. Send me feedback on what you think of it!

    – Cowboy

  9. o this movie was the best and if it wasnt for one of my dads work osotiates i wouldnt no about theis movie. I always new i was irish but this movie made me start goin to an irish churc well i havent started yet but i will and im getting a celticcross but any way this was the best action movie of all time i cant say the best movie because theres different types of movies like comedy drama etc. but ive only met one person who has seen the show and i want somone to talk to about it so if you want to talk to me email me at or instant message me at michaeltanya9 . i no there wierd but there my moms old ones i have my own but my moms old ones pop up on the computer wen i launch the internet.
    so piece
    “in nomeni patri et fili spiritus sancti”

  10. I agree with ‘Mike1.’

    The whole idea of morality in this movie is based off the the popular ideals of the western world. And while I agree that the men in the movie who were slaughtered deserved their punishment, I must ask the question: is what I believe right? And moreover, is it right for me to pass judgement outside of an established set of rules? (I intend the word ‘me’ to mean a person or persons, or in this context, the two brothers).

    mark you had said, “I think the main message was that they were trying to make a difference in the world by exacting revenge on those who deserved it. The main focus being the rapists, murderes and basic scumbags of the earth, that is slightly different than ramming a plane into a building.”

    The problem is, if everyone tried to ‘make a difference’ by ‘exacting revenge’ on those they felt deserved it, then there would be no order, infact it would be chaos. A society is only as good as the rules that govern it, and the people that adhere to the rules. Do you not realize that differing parts of the world with differing background religions and differing social groupings have differing moral veiws? Do you not realize that the terrorists to us during the 9/11 attacks thought us to be the terrorists to them; thought us to be the murderers, scumbags and rapists deserving moral justice? Do you not realize that there is no True ‘right or wrong’ but a societal veiwpoint based off of that societies history?

    What I’m saying is, the point of this movie was not about wreckless revenge, but more of a ploy to pointing out the follies of a society where drug peddlers, child rapers and psychopaths run free and unchecked. Its a look at the current set of governing rules that are in place and more so a challenge of those rules… a challenge for change.

    right and wrong are both highly subjective, infact subjective to the core. it is the nature of their being. who’s to say that what you think is right is really right, or what i think is right is really right, or for anyone? none but a governing, agreed up body… unless you believe in that whole god thing.

  11. “Do not kill, do not rape, do not steal, these are principles that every man of every faith can embrace.”

    Seems pretty simple to me, faith or not. If you need something else to chew on, add this one to your mix:

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  12. hey i also was looking around and reading all the comments on songs listed but i couldnt find what i was looking for. Its the song where the brothers are going up the elevator in the hotel to kill the russians. If anyone has any idea other than the ones listed above (tired them sounds similar but still not the same) please feel free to send me an e-mail telling me the title and artist of this awesome song! thx

  13. Ok, so I’ve been going over this blog for a couple of days now, and I’ve seen some recurring questions so and I decided to do some research…
    As For the tattoos that the brothers have on their hands, Aequitas is translated to “Unifomity, symmetry, impartiality, or equinimity, equity, fairness and justice”.
    Veritas is translated to “Truth, truthfulness, the real facts, honesty, integrity, correctness”.
    As for the end of the brothers family prayer “E. nomini patri, et Fili e spiritu sancti” , E.nomini translates to “name, or in the name of”, patri= “father, or fatherly

  14. Fili= Son, spiritu= divine, or poetic inspiration, and snacti= 1. of deities or distinguished men. 2.holy, blameless, virtuous. 3.venerable, holy, divine.
    All of the preceding definitions are taken from English to Latin and Lation to English translation dictionaries…
    I hope they help people understand the full definitions of the words.

  15. Alright for the record, most people who have commented on questions of Latin translations, as well as asking when people speak Latin in the movie, are completely ignorant. Seriously people, do you not pay attention in school or for that matter in life. I’m sorry but this movie should have a warning label, “unless you are Catholic(which I am Irish-Catholic, to be more precise) do not watch this movie because you probably have not been introduced to Latin by this point.” Anyway don’t make damn comments if you don’t know what you are talking about. That pisses me off more than if you just don’t know. Mike, seriously are you an idiot? You said that they are killing for their religion. Did you not pay attention or did someone drop you on your head when you were young. Hopefully the former but in any case; in the court room scene, Murphy McManus says, “Do not kill, do not rape, do not steal. These are principles which every man, of every faith can embrace.” They are not killing in the name of religion more so than they are killing to rid the world of evil. It just may have been obscure because albeit they are extremist, Roman Catholics(which by the way is the true Christian faith). Also, Dan seriously like Brecht said(the only person here who seems to be educated other than myself), when is the last time you ever heard a Russian speak Latin. Have you ever even heard Latin? Latin in my opinion is a beautiful language, though dead. Russian however is not so beautiful. Again on the subject of killing for the sake of religion, shut your ignorant mouths. If people are so ignorant as to group all Muslims together and say that they are love-hating and just wish to kill to satisfy themselves then we should just not listen to those people to begin with. Yes thousands of people did die in 9/11 but that does not mean that we can stereotype a religion, because that will only cause more problems. True Islam, not extremist misinterpretations, states that suicide is a sin and the Quran has a verse that states ,”And do not kill yourselves, surely Allah is most Merciful to you.”
    If you don’t know what you are speaking about then hold your tongue. Well sorry if I offended anyone but you offended me by speaking so ignorantly! Also DaniB you listed Willem DeFoe’s name as “William”, that is his real name, and I applaud you for knowing that.(unless of course you did it by mistake)

  16. I was wondering exactly what Boondock means. I’m a huge fan of the movie but…don’t really get the title, which I find kinda lame so someone help me out.

  17. alright.. i’m a huge fan of the movie.. I recently heard this song… it starts with the whole prayer.. AND SHEPARDS WE WILL BE.
    POWER HATH DESCENDED FORTH FROM THY HAND yada yada yada.. “bang bang” then goes into this crazy song.. i was wondering if anyone had heard of that song.. and knows the title.. and or the artist of the song.

  18. I have been looking for this song forever, it is the song playing in the background where they give the speech in the courtroom. nobody has told what this song is called and I am looking for any help i can get. does anyone know waht this song is called?!! please let me know here

  19. & Remember don’t cross the road if you can’t get outta the kitchen

  20. I think it’s very interesting that they follow the creeg culture of the obels ( or coins ) over their eyes. The obel is offered to the deceased in which the passing of te Charon . Unable to pay the Charon a coin the soul remains wandering the shores for 1000 years or until he take pity upon them. I’m a funeral science major just wanted to throw that info in there also for anyone iterested

  21. I have heard that the boondock saints was a true story but I am not sure if I’m just getting my legged is it?

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