Meaning Of St. Benedict Medal
The front of the medal shows St. Benedict holding a
cross in one hand and the book of his Rule in the other.
Flanking him on each side are the words:
Crux S. Patris Benedicti (The Cross of the Holy
Below his feet are these words: Ex S M Casino MDCCC
LXXX (From the Holy Mount of Cassino, 1880).
On that date , Monte Cassino was given the exclusive right to produce this medal.
Inscribed in the circle surrounding Benedict are the words:
Ejus in obitu nostro presentia muniamur (May
his presence protect us in the hour of death).
The other side of the medal is where the real exorcist force
reveals itself. In the center is the Cross. Benedict loved the
Cross and used it to drive away demons.
The vertical beam of the Cross has five letters:
C.S.S.M.L., meaning Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux (May the holy
Cross be for me a light).
The horizontal beam of the Cross also has five letters:
N.D.S.M.D., meaning Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux
(Let not the dragon be my guide).
The four large letters at the angles of the Cross:
C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The Cross
of the Holy Father Benedict).
Encircling the Cross in a circle around the right m
argin are these letters: V.R.S.N.S.M.V.,
meaning Vade retro Satana; nunquam suade mihi vana
(Begone Satan! Suggest not to me thy vain things).
Around the left margin of the circle are these letters:
Sunt mala quae libas; ipse venena bibas
(The drink you offer is evil; drink that poison yourself).
At the top of the circle is the word