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Front of the medal

The Cross

“[…] There is the image of St Benedict carrying in his right hand the Cross of Christ. It is known that St Benedict had a special devotion to the Cross and this has been passed on to succeeding generations of Benedictines. The Cross is the Christian symbol of salvation, which St Benedict used to evangelise others for Christ.

The holy Rule

In his left hand St Benedict holds the holy Rule, which he wrote for the life of his monks.

Other symbols and inscriptions

On the pedestal on the right of St Benedict we see a poisoned cup, shattered when St Benedict made the sign of the Cross over it. On the pedestal to the left we see a raven about to take away a loaf of poisoned bread. The bread had been sent to St Benedict by a jealous enemy and the raven saved Benedict from eating it. Above the cup and the raven are the Latin words meaning ‘the Cross of the Holy Father Benedict’. Under the image of St Benedict are the Latin words meaning ‘from holy Monte Cassino 1880’, reminding us that this medal was struck to commemorate the 1,400th anniversary of the birth of St Benedict. Round the margins of the medal, encircling the image of St Benedict, are the Latin words meaning, ‘May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death.’

Reverse of the medal

There is a Cross, and written down the Cross are the first letters of the Latin words meaning, ‘The Holy Cross be my light.’ On the horizontal bar are the first letters of the Latin words meaning ‘Let not the dragon be my guide.’ In the angles of the cross are the first letters of the Latin words meaning ‘the Cross of the holy Father Benedict.’ Round the margin are the first letters of the Latin words meaning ‘Be gone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil! Drink the poison yourself.’ At the top and the bottom of the Cross are ‘peace’ and ‘IHS – Jesus’.

Use of the medal

The medal can be worn, or carried, and it calls down God’s blessing and protection upon us through the intercession of St Benedict.”

– From: Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris / June 2015

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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in Words of Wisdom


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Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead said to Ahab, “As the Lord lives, the God of Israel whom I serve, there shall be neither dew nor rain these days except at my order.”

The word of the Lord came to him, “Go away from here, go eastwards, and hide yourself in the wadi Cherith which lies east of Jordan. You can drink from the stream, and I have ordered the ravens to bring you food there.” He did as the Lord had said; he went and stayed in the wadi Cherith which lies east of Jordan. The ravens brought him bread in the morning and meat in the evening, and he quenched his thirst at the stream.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.


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