St. Benedict Medal “The Exorcism Medal”

St. Benedict Medal “The Exorcism Medal”

St.Benedict Medal “The Exorcism Medal”

For the early Christians, the cross was a favorite symbol and badge of their faith in Christ. as a historian writes that many Greeks abandoned their faith in Zeus and Apollo and started venerating two pieces of wood on which the Nazarene was sacrificed

From the writings of St. Gregory the Great (540-604),

we know that St. Benedict had a deep faith in the Cross and worked miracles with the sign of the cross. to know about his life: he’d been living as a hermit in a cave for three years, famous for his holiness when a religious community came to him after the death of their abbot and asked Benedict to take over. Some of the “monks” didn’t like this plan and attempted to kill him with poisoned bread and wine. but when he made the sign of the cross over the poisoned food the bread and wine could not harm him, This faith in, and special devotion to, the Cross was passed on to succeeding generations of Benedictines.

The St. Benedict medal is one of the most powerful sacramental in the church, It commemorates St Benedict working miracles through The Sign of the Cross and Its one of One of the powerful weapons in spiritual combat.

The origins of sacramental is almost unknown, It was first worn by Pope Leo IX (21 June 1002 – 19 April 1054) he attributed his miraculous recovery from a snake bite to it.

The meaning of the series of letters displayed on both sides of the medal were not known until, in 1647, a manuscript dating to 1415 was discovered in the Abbey of Metten in Bavaria. It explained that each letter represents one word of a Latin prayer of exorcism.

Five inscriptions found on the front side of the medal

1).Benedict, in the robes of a monk.

2).To his right is a broken cup, which recalls an incident in Benedict’s life: rebellious monks, angry with Benedict, had poisoned his wine.

3). When, at the start of his meal, he made the sign of the cross the cup shattered, and his enemies fled.

4).To Benedict’s left is a raven, which removed bread that had also been poisoned.

5). In St. Benedict’s left hand is his Rule for Monasteries that could well be summed up in the words of the Prolog exhorting us to “walk in God’s ways, with the Gospel as our guide.”

C. S. P. B.

Above the cup and the raven are the Latin words: Crux s. patris Benedicti (The Cross of our holy father Benedict).
On the margin of the medal, are the Latin words: Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur! (May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death!). St.Benedict is also like St.Joseph patron of happy death, he died with his hands raised towards the heavens, receiving the holy communion he died in the chapel at Montecassino (about 80 miles South of Rome)

on the Reverse Side of the Medal we find

Crux mihi lux

the cross is dominant. On the arms of the cross are the initial letters of a rhythmic Latin prayer: Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux! (May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!).
In the angles of the cross, the letters C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The cross of our holy father Benedict).

Above the cross is the word pax (peace), The spirit of Saint Benedict’s Rule is summed up in the motto of the Benedictine Confederation: pax (“peace”) and the traditional ora et labora (“pray and work”).

The uses of the Medal

it can be Attached to one’s rosary, mostly some medals are placed in the foundation of a building as a protection, Placed in one’s car or home, can be dipped in water or medicine.

According to H. C. Lea (1896), “As a rule…it suffices to wear [the medal] devoutly, but, if some special favor is desired, it is advisable on a Tuesday to say five Glorias, three Aves and then three more Glorias to secure the protection of St. Benedict.”

It is effective in many ways:

to destroy witchcraft and all other diabolical and haunting influences;
to impart protection to persons tempted, deluded, or tormented by evil spirits;
to obtain the conversion of sinners to the Catholic Church, especially when they are in danger of death;
to serve as an armor against temptation;
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.

Indulgences attached to the medal

The habitual wearer of the jubilee medal can gain all the indulgences connected with the ordinary medal and, in addition:

(1) All the indulgences that could be gained by visiting the basilica, crypt, and tower of St. Benedict at Monte Cassino (Pius IX, 31 December, 1877)

(2) A plenary indulgence on the feast of All Souls (from about two o’clock in the afternoon of 1 November to sunset of 2 November), as often as (toties quoties), after confession and Holy Communion, he visits any church or public oratory, praying there according to the intention of the pope, provided that he is hindered from visiting a church or public oratory of the Benedictines by sickness, monastic enclosure or a distance of at least 1000 steps. (Decr. 27 February, 1907, in Acta S. Sedis, LX, 246.) Any priest may receive the faculties to bless these medals.

Approved Blessing of the Medal of St. Benedict

Medals of Saint Benedict are sacramentals that may be blessed legitimately by any priest or deacon — not necessarily a Benedictine (Instr., 26 Sept. 1964; Can. 1168). The following English form may be used.

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who made heaven and earth.
In the name of God the Father + almighty, who made heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, I exorcise these medals against the power and attacks of the evil one. May all who use these medals devoutly be blessed with health of soul and body. In the name of the Father + almighty, of the Son + Jesus Christ our Lord, and of the Holy + Spirit the Paraclete, and in the love of the same Lord Jesus Christ who will come on the last day to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire.
Amen.

Let us pray. Almighty God, the boundless source of all good things, we humbly ask that, through the intercession of Saint Benedict, you pour out your blessings + upon these medals. May those who use them devoutly and earnestly strive to perform good works be blessed by you with health of soul and body, the grace of a holy life, and remission of the temporal punishment due to sin.
May they also with the help of your merciful love, resist the temptation of the evil one and strive to exercise true charity and justice toward all, so that one day they may appear sinless and holy in your sight. This we ask though Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The medals are then sprinkled with holy water.

OLDER FORM OF BLESSING OF MEDALS OF ST. BENEDICT

(Formerly reserved to the Order of St. Benedict)

The priest who is to bless the medals of St. Benedict says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.

I cast out the demon from you, creature medals, by God the Father
almighty, who made the heavens and the earth and the seas and all
that they contain. May all power of the adversary, all assaults
and pretensions of Satan, be repulsed and driven afar from these
medals, so that they may be for all who will use them a help in
mind and body; in the name of the Father + almighty, of Jesus +
Christ, His Son, our Lord, of the Holy + Spirit, the Advocate,
and in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is coming to judge
both the living and the dead and the world by fire.
All: Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our
Father

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: Save your servants.

All: Who trust in you, my God.

P: Let us find in you, Lord, a fortified tower.

All: In the face of the enemy.

P: The Lord will give strength to His people.

All: The Lord will bless His people with His peace.

P: Lord, send us aid from your holy place.

All: And watch over us from Sion.

P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, lavish dispenser of every good, we humbly ask that
by the prayers of St. Benedict you pour out your blessing + on
these sacred medals, impressed with letters and signs ascribed to
you. Let all who will wear them with hearts intent on good works
deserve to obtain health of mind and body, your holy grace, and
the indulgences that have been granted to us. And may they escape
by your merciful help all attacks and wiles of the devil, and
finally appear in your presence sinless and holy; through Christ
our Lord.
All: Amen.

Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, who willed in redeeming the whole world to be
born of a Virgin, to be circumcized, rejected by the Jews,
betrayed with a kiss by Judas, bound in chains, crowned with
thorns, pierced with nails, crucified between robbers, wounded
with a lance, and to die at last on the cross; I humbly ask, by
this your sacred passion, that you expel all attacks and wiles of
the devil from the person who devoutly calls on your holy name,
using these words and signs ascribed to you. May it please you to
lead him (her) to the harbor of everlasting salvation, you who
live and reign forever and ever.
All: Amen.

May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit,
come upon you and remain with you forever.
All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles the medals with holy water.

NOTE: Benedicite Medal is not a lucky charm, It’s only a symbol which reminds us of personal holiness as St.Paul says
Ephesians 6:12 ?

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

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