About the Saint Benedict Medal and Saint Benedict Crucifixes

The symbols of the St. Benedict Medal

The primary feature which makes a crucifix a Saint Benedict crucifix is the placement of a St. Benedict medal, at the crossbars of the crucifix behind the image of Christ.

The symbols of the St. Benedict Medal:

St Benedict Medal Side 1:
  • One side of the medal bears an image of St. Benedict, holding a cross in the right hand and the Holy Rule in the left.
  • On the one side of the image of St. Benedict is a cup, on the other a raven.
  • Above the cup and the raven are inscribed the words: "Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti" (Cross of the Holy Father Benedict).
  • Round the margin of the medal stands the legend "Ejus in obitu nro praesentia muniamus" (May we at our death be fortified by his presence).

St Benedict Medal Side 2:
  • The reverse of the medal bears a cross with the initial letters of the words: "Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux" (The Holy Cross be my light), written downward on the perpendicular bar;
  • the initial letters of the words, "Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux" (Let not the dragon be my guide), on the horizontal bar;
  • and the initial letters of "Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti" in the angles of the cross.
  • Round the margin stand the initial letters of the distich: "Vade Retro Satana, Nunquam Suade Mihi Vana"; Sunt Mala Quae Libas, Ipse Venena Bibas" (Begone, Satan, do not suggest to me thy vanities"; evil are the things thou profferest, drink thou thy own poison).
  • At the top of the cross usually stands the word Pax (peace) or the monogram I H S (Jesus)

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