St. Benedict Medal
The St. Benedict Medal is a means
- To destroy witchcraft and all other diabolical influences.
- To keep away the spells of magicians, of wicked and evil-minded persons.
- To impart protection to persons tempted, deluded or tormented by evil spirits.
- To obtain the conversion of sinners, especially when they are in danger of death.
- To serve as an armor in temptations against holy purity.
- To destroy the effects of poison.
- To secure a timely and healthy birth for children.
- To afford protection against storms and lightning.
- To serve as an efficacious remedy for bodily afflictions and a means of protection against contagious diseases.
- Finally, the Medal has often been used with admirable effect even for animals infected with plague or other maladies, and for fields when invaded by harmful insects.
The crucifix is known as the “The Cross of a Happy Death” because of its exorcizing properties and because of St. Benedict’s own death. St. Benedict lied for days near death. On the sixth day he commanded his monks carry him into the oratory where he received the Body and Blood of Christ. He had his weakened body held up by his disciples and stood with his hands lifted up to heaven. While he was praying in an upright position, he died. A plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions to one who at the hour of his death, kisses, touches or otherwise reverences the Crucifix and commends his souls to God.
After receiving a sacramental which has the St. Benedict medal, it is recommended to have it blessed by a priest using the Benedictine blessing.
None of these items are blessed before shipping.
Symbols of the St. Benedict Medal
On one side, the Medal has a cross, the sign of our redemption, the protecting shield given us by God to ward off the fiery arrows of the evil spirit. At the top of the cross usually stands the word PAX (peace) or the monogram I H S (Jesus).
In the angles of the cross are found these four letters: C.S.P.B. They stand for the words: Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti – " The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict."
On the vertical bar of the cross itself are found the letters: C.S.S.M.L., and on the horizontal bar of the cross: N.D.S.M.D. They signify: Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux, May the holy Cross be my light, Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux Let not the dragon be my guide.
Round the margin of the Medal, beginning at the right hand on top, we have the following letters: V.R.S.N.S.M.V.--S.M.Q.L.I.V.B.
Vade Retro, Satana! Begone, Satan!
Nunquam Suade Mihi Vana Suggest not vain things to me
Sunt Mala Quae Libas Evil is the cup thou offerest
Ipse Venena Bibas Drink thou thine own poison
The reverse of the Medal bears the image of St. Benedict holding in his right hand the Cross, in the power of which he wrought so many miracles, and in his left hand bearing the holy Rule, which leads all its followers by the way of the Cross to eternal light.
On a pedestal to the right of St. Benedict is the poisoned cup, shattered when he made the sign of the cross over it. On a pedestal to the left is a raven about to carry away a loaf of poisoned bread that a jealous enemy had sent to St. Benedict.
Round the margin is the inscription: Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur – "May his presence protect us in the hour of our death."