The St. Benedict Medal & Crucifix have been effacious sacramentals of the Church, to ward off Satan and evil, even leading to conversions in those affected by the grace that God allows to flow through these small instruments, meant to help us in saving our souls.
St. Benedict, Father of Monasticism and the Founder of the Benedictines, had a special devotion to the Cross, a striking similarity between much of the early Saints of the Church. This devotion led to the striking of medals which came to be known as the Medal-Cross of St. Benedict. The medal struck for the 400th Anniversary of the Benedictines in 1880 (the most popular in use to this day) is known as the Jubilee Medal. The front side consists of St. Benedict holding the Cross in one hand and his rule for monasteries in the other. Two instruments of his attempted death are featured on pedestals- a poisoned cup, that offered to him by fellow monks believing him to be too strict in his monastic practice, which shattered when St. Benedict made the sign of the cross over it and a raven carrying some poisoned bread, since the story goes that a raven prevented St. Benedict from eating poisoned bread by carrying it off. The top inscription says, “the Cross of our holy father, Benedict” and at the bottom of the medal is the phrase, “May we be strengthened by his presence at the hour of death!” Like St. Joseph, Benedict is also a patron of a happy death, for he died peacefully in his monastic order, having lived and died in penance and austerity.
The medal should be used piously, whether worn around the neck or buried to draw down God’s mercy and protection. The medal is a protection against Satan, having an approved exorcism blessing, which follows:
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.
Let us pray. Almighty God, the boundless source of all good things, we humbly ask that, througrh 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.
The Cross of Christ is our victory over sin and death. The Saints, including St. Benedict have used the cross in their exorcisms, to dispel Satan. For this reason, St. Benedict’s Cross is used in most exorcisms. Let us use what God has graciously bestowed upon us to fight evil, lessen temptation and give us the graces to remain in the state of grace. The St. Benedict Cross is a badge of protection, for Satan hates the Cross and it’s power. He shrinks in fear from it, for he knows that through the Cross, Christ has conquered him and his kingdom and through the Cross, Christ will rescue us all from the clutches of evil, if only we have faith and the Faith.
~Damsel of the Faith