Prayer of Saint Benedict
O Lord, I place myself in your hands
and dedicate myself to you.
I pledge myself to do your will in all things:
To love the Lord God with all my heart,
all my soul, all my strength.
Not to kill.
Not to steal.
Not to covet.
Not to bear false witness.
To honor all persons.
Not to do to another what I would not wish done to myself.
To chastise the body.
Not to seek after pleasures.
To love fasting.
To relieve the poor.
To clothe the naked.
To visit the sick.
To bury the dead.
To help in trouble.
To console the sorrowing.
To hold myself aloof from worldly ways.
To prefer nothing to the love of Christ.
Not to give way to anger.
Not to foster a desire for revenge.
Not to entertain deceit in the heart.
Not to make a false peace.
Not to forsake charity.
Not to swear, lest I swear falsely.
To speak the truth with heart and tongue.
Not to return evil for evil.
To do no injury:
yea, even to bear patiently any injury done to me.
To love my enemies.
Not to curse those who curse me, but rather to bless them.
To bear persecution for justice’ sake.
Not to be proud.
Not to be given to intoxicating drink.
Not to be an over-eater.
Not to be lazy.
Not to be slothful.
Not to be a murmurer.
Not to be a detractor.
To put my trust in God.
To refer the good I see in myself to God.
To refer any evil in myself to myself.
To fear the Day of Judgment.
To be in dread of hell.
To desire eternal life with spiritual longing.
To keep death before my eyes daily.
To keep constant watch over my actions.
To remember that God sees me everywhere.
To call upon Christ for defense against evil thoughts
that arise in my heart.
To guard my tongue against wicked speech.
To avoid much speaking.
To avoid idle talk.
To read only what is good to read.
To look at only what is good to see.
To pray often.
To ask forgiveness daily for my sins,
and to seek ways to amend my life.
To obey my superiors in all things rightful.
Not to desire to be thought holy, but to seek holiness.
To fulfill the commandments of God by good works.
To love chastity.
To hate no one.
Not to be jealous or envious of anyone.
Not to love strife.
Not to love pride.
To honor the aged.
To pray for my enemies.
To make peace after a quarrel, before the setting of the sun.
Never to despair of your mercy,
O God of Mercy. Amen
by Pietro Perugino; 1495-1498; Pinacoteca, Vatican;, Italy;
Saint Benedict (detail from Crucifixion and Saints )
by Fra Angelico; 1441-42; Convento di San Marco, Florence, Italy;
Crucifixion and Saints
by Fra Angelico; 1441-42; Convento di San Marco, Florence, Italy;
Book of Psalms: Psalm 1
Joyful is the man who does not
follow the counsel of the wicked,
nor tarries on the path of sinners,
nor sits in the reunion of the impious,
but instead he is fulfilled in the law of the Lord,
and meditates on her day and night!
He is like a tree
planted at the border of the waters,
which produces fruit in its proper time,
and whose leaves never wilt:
everything he does turns out well.
This does not take place with the wicked:
they are like straw that is carried away by with the wind.
For this reason, the wicked will not
triumph in their judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the just;
Because the Lord takes care of the path of the just,
but the path of the wicked will end badly.
Love and Devotion
to the Cross
of Our Lord
THE SAINT BENEDICT MEDAL originally came from a cross in honour
of Saint Benedict. The front of the medal has an
image of Saint Benedict, holding the Holy Cross in his right
and the Holy Rule in his left.
"Cruxs Sancti Patris Benedicti": ("The Cross of the Holy
Father Benedict") is on the face of the medal.
Around the medal: "Ejus en obitu nostro praesentia
muniamus" ("Permit that in our death, we be protected and fortified
by his presence.")
Chalice with serpent: represents the event when a
group of monks plotted to murder Saint Benedict
because they believed his doctrines to be too
strict. They poisoned the mass wine, but when
Saint Benedict made the sign of the cross over
the chalice, it fell to the ground and shattered.
Raven with bread in beak: This image represents a
second attempt to murder Saint Benedict by poisoning
his bread, but God sent a raven who carried it off
before he could consume it.
At the bottom, "Ex S M Casino MDCCCLXXX":
("From the Holy Mount of Cassino, 1880")
The reverse side of the medal has a cross, which
Saint Benedict greatly loved and used to drive
On the vertical bar are the initials CSSML: "Crux
Sacra Sit Mihi Lux" ("May the Holy Cross be my light").
On the horizontal bar are the initials NDSMD which
stand for "Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux" ("Let not the
dragon be my guide").
Four letters around the Cross: CSPB: "Crux Sancti
Patris Benedicti" ("The Cross of the Holy Father
The letters encircling the medal, VRSNSMV:
"Vade Retro Satana, Nunquam Suade
Mihi Vana" ("Begone Satan, do not suggest to me thy
vanities") then a space followed by the initials SMQLIVB
which signify "Sunt Mala Quae Libas, Ipse Venena Bibas"
("Evil are the things thou profferest, drink thou thy
Either the inscription "PAX" ("Peace") or the Christogram "IHS"
("Jesus") may be found at the top of the cross.
Blessing of the Medal
of Saint Benedict by a Priest
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
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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The medals are then sprinkled with holy water.
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).
Saint Benedict of Nursia, Italy (A.D. 480-543) - "Walk in God’s Ways with the Gospel as our Guide" - Father of Western Monastiscism
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