Thursday, February 19, 2009

St. Benedict Relic Charm Bracelet

PATRONAGE: Against evil, witchcraft; against poison; agricultural workers; carvers; civil engineers; copper smiths; dying people
The power of St. Benedict is revealed in this small object that has been fostered by his spiritual sons many years. Marvelous is the aid which the St. Benedict Medal affords to its devout wearers in the manifold necessities of soul and body. On this account the Medal is well known and widely used throughout the Christian world; everywhere it is regarded as a highly favored object of devotion.
St. Benedict (born at Nursia, Italy, in 480) had a profound veneration for the holy Cross and for our Saviour Crucified. In virtue of the Sign of the Cross, he wrought many miracles and exercised great power over the spirits of darkness. In consequence of the great veneration in which St. Benedict was held from the early Middle Ages, it followed that a Medal was struck, one side of which represents St. Benedict holding the Cross in one hand and the Holy Rule in the other. Around the image of St. Benedict are these words in Latin "May his presence protect us in the hour of death." St. Benedict has ever been the patron of the dying, because of the circumstances attending his own most glorious death, for he breathed forth his soul while standing in prayer before the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The reverse of the Medal shows the image of the Cross. Around the margin are the initials of Latin words which form verses supposed to have originated with the holy Father Benedict himself. The English translation is: "Be gone Satan! Suggest not to me thy vain things. The cup thou profferest me is evil; drink thou thy poison." In the angles formed by the arms of the Cross are the letters C.S.P.B., signifying "Cross of the holy Father Benedict." The letters on the Cross itself have this meaning: "May the holy Cross be my light; let not the dragon be my guide."
Medals of Saint Benedict are sacramentals that may be blessed legitimately by any priest or deacon
I created this bracelet with a 3rd Class Relic of St. Benedict as well as a large medal. I added other Catholic Italian Medals: Four Way Cross, St. Christopher, St. Joseph, St. Dymphna, St. Joan of Arc, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holy Child of Atocha, St. Rita, Our Lady of Medjugorje, St. Isisdore, St. John of God, St. Dominic, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. I added a beautiful onyx and sterling silver connector adding a beautiful as well green turquoise howlite cross.
I added black glass beads and lots of cream color pearls as well.

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