EDCC (every day car carry) for a priest should include rituals new and old with useful quick reference pages for emergencies at the moment of death. I have a standing permission from the bishop to do house blessings as exorcisms of a place as long as it’s within the territory of my parish, which is gargantuan geographically, and also for elsewhere as long as the parish priest of that parish is good with it. Holy Water with the old blessings / exorcisms is a must not only for blessings and exorcisms but also for emergency baptisms, for the blessings of graves at burials.
An epi-pen is a regular for the EDCC, as is THE EXTRACTOR. You can get one SAWYERs EXTRACTORs on Amazon for like 12 bucks. It’s a reverse syringe, so that pressing the plunger make for suction. There are different size cups depending on the kind of wound or snake bite. There are so many brown recluse spiders and timber rattlers round about, not to mention yellow jackets and such. This is extremely powerful, much better than anything else I’ve ever seen. I’ve used it really a lot, enough to wear one out, and these are heavy duty. I guess I either look for trouble or trouble searches me out.
This rides around with me for any eventuality… as does this:
A fire extinguisher? It’s pretty small, fitting into the passenger door bottle holder. I guess the reason is past experience with an el-cheapo car, which was leaking gasoline onto the red hot headers, so much so quickly that the gasoline was cooling the headers. I mentioned that I smelled gas to a truck driver and he took a look and said that I had a really good guardian angel, because there’s absolutely no way that a fire shouldn’t have immediately engulfed the whole car right through the so-called firewall. And here I had been driving around like that for quite a while. That was years ago.
On the floor of the back seat there’s all that’s needed for the day-off target practice…
Starting with the lower left moving clockwise, not on the belt:
- Unbreakable nylon rope knotted rosary with miraculous and St Benedict medals.
- Purple stole for Confession and sacraments and sacramentals like exorcism.
- Hospital I.D.
- Bait wallet with a dollar bill and fake credit cards etc. I’ve been shaken down before. Not a pleasant experience. But I don’t want to be hamstrung without the contents of my real wallet. If this works until you can exit the scene, great. If not, it buys you precious seconds to put another plan into action.
Inside the belt also not carried on the belt (left to right):
- Oleum Infirmorum (unseen: personal medicines)
- Voice recorder, for when I can’t take notes but have to remember something, also for homilies at whatever of the churches on whatever day.
- Pen, which goes on the shoulder pen pocket.
- El-cheapo watch that no one would want to steal or be envious about.
- Real wallet, which includes medical cards, credit cards, drivers licence, gun permit, car insurance and registration, USCCA insurance (I can’t recommend this more), enough cash for rubbish food if on the road way too long on any day, and for ammo for the days off.
- Phone which also contains all medical indications such as conditions and meds taken and those that are essential and why and counter-indications for whatever might be done in an emergency situation.
Lower right corner:
- Scapular of Mount Carmel (I have a super long and wild history with this). This goes over the undershirt and under the 5-11 shirt.
- Pyx from Lourdes given to all permanent chaplains by UNITALSI. Of course, I only have this when I’m carrying the blessed Sacrament. It hangs around the neck but the Pyx is placed deep in a very useful 5-11 shirt cargo pocket over the heart. Ritual books can also fit in these huge cargo pockets when visiting hospitals, rehabs, nursing homes, shut-ins. The 5-11 tactical shirts are the best clergy shirts I know.
On the belt, starting with the handgun:
- Glock 19 Gen 4 with no backstrap, no Hogue grip, with tritium sights installed in Smyrna (this is something I’ve had to bring to the fore for real a number of times). I’m guessing I’m one of the most shot at priests. Nothing has ever connected. All it takes is once. Many have suffered that and are on their way… For them: Hail Mary… The Glock is chambered with 15 in the magazine. These are defensive rounds. The Glock is carried appendix, but outside which makes it possible. I don’t even know it’s there even after all-day carry, which is, in fact, all day, every day.
- Keys by the zillions, which hang from the Serpa Blackhawk, the dreaded, hated, dangerous holster which I love to pieces as an aggressor simply cannot defeat it’s locking mechanism, but which is, relatively speaking, zero problem for the carrier.
- Tourniquet. This is not just about guns. I’m often doing dangerous things with chainsaws and such. Also, the leg is such that if there were even a minor accident in the wrong conditions, compound fractures would be all too easy and multiple.
- On the right side, a flashlight, really bright, also with strobe. Use it all the time.
- Two mags situated for quick combat reload with full metal jacket. I mean, if you need this, someone’s wearing a ballistic vest, right?
Just to say, I wear the 5-11 tactical shirt NOT tucked in, and so a multitude of sin is covered over, you know, like the love of God and neighbor in all good contrition covers a multitude of sin. ;-)
Then there’s car-carry EDC for a priest. More on that in another post.
Any suggestions most welcome.
Underneath my clericalized 5-11 tactical shirt (which is super-useful for hospital visits and Communion calls with it’s large cargo pockets), all this stuff is carried on my belt:
- Glock 19 Gen 4 new 12 July 2016 and just refurbished in Smyrna last week, in a Serpa Blackhawk holster, which is hated by operators for slowing down the draw, but whose security catch, costing about 0.25 seconds (that is a lot, btw) is worth it for EDC for civilian defensive carry as it stops dead any attempt to take the carry from behind in an altercation. It’s chambered with 15 in the mag, all defensive bullets that will stop but not pass through a target, for the safety of others.
- On the far side are two mags full of FMJ, because (1) if the 15 didn’t work it’s most likely because ballistic vests are being used and now’s the time for FMJ; (2) this way I’m already well on my way for being ready for some target practice.
- Two key-chains so full of keys for the two campuses of the parish, which I use all the time, that one parishioner calls me “the janitor.” That nickname is also used for something else among LEOs, but I’m not going there.
- Pretty much all military and LEOs and operators of all kinds right around the world will recognize the tourniquet (the pouch including some bandages). I carry this also for emotional reasons. These are made in my parish at IOI, which was created for a parishioner. This one was given to me by a board member. This is a smart item to carry, as anyone who carries (legally) is well over four times as likely to be injured by gunfire than anyone else in the population.
That’s all covered by the frumpy clerical shirt. Meanwhile, besides the purple stole and emergency rites liturgical books carried in Sassy the Subaru, I have other personal carry not carried on the belt:
- You gotta have a phone if you’re a priest (plenty of emergency calls) and if you carry. I’m “that guy” who calls 911 when there is a crash on the road or whatever.
- The wallet always has enough money to get out of a situation. There’s Federal I.D., the “carry permit” required in N.C., USCCA (the best anywhere in the world; I’m very happy to have this) and health insurance cards, etc.
- The rosary is carried in a quick access pocket. No crucifix that only gets tangled, and just knotted with nylon as anything else for me breaks. This is a working rosary.
- The rosary pouch from the Holy Father doesn’t contain anything religious. Sorry. Just medicine I need during the day and possibly overnight, without which not.
- The oil of the infirm, for emergency anointing. I’ve used this oh say about a million times. An absolute necessity. I have water in the car for emergency baptisms.
I’m open to suggestions.
Update: More car carry: