The St Benedict Medal (front) Vintage Wall Art is an original unique design made of a plastic polymer that includes a hook for hanging on the back. The St. Benedict wall art is hand-cast in Colorado for Full of Grace USA
Dimension: 6 3/4"
History & Meaning of the front of the St Benedict medal:
The Medal of Saint Benedict has long been used as a means of fostering and expressing religious devotion. The medal is intended as a means of reminding us of God and of stirring up in us a ready willingness and desire to serve God and our neighbor. With this understanding we reject any use of it as if it were a mere charm or had some magic power to bring good luck or better health. Such is not the Christian attitude. That is not to say that devotion to God with attention to the medal is not a source of great help and power. Whoever wears this Medal with devotion, trusting in the life-giving power, may expect the powerful protection of the great patriarch of Western Monasticism in spiritual and temporal need.
On the face of the medal is the image of St. Benedict. In his right hand he holds the cross, the Christian symbol of salvation. In St. Benedict’s left hand is his rule for monasteries that could well be summed up in the words of the prologue exhorting us to “set out on this [God’s] way, with the Gospel for our guide.” On a pedestal to the right of St. Benedict is the poisoned cup, shattered when he made the sign of the cross over it. On a pedestal to the left is a raven about to carry away the loaf of poisoned bread that a jealous enemy sent to St. Benedict.
Flanking him on each side are the words:
Crux S. Patris Benedicti
(The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict)
Below his feet are these words:
Ex S M Casino MDCCCLXXX
(From the Holy Mount of Cassino, 1880)
On that date, Monte Cassino was given the exclusive right to produce this medal. This is the medal struck to commemorate the 1400th anniversary of the birth of St. Benedict
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)
Benedictines have always regarded St. Benedict as a special patron of a happy death. He himself died in the chapel at Montecassino while standing with his arms raised up to heaven, supported by the brothers of the monastery, shortly after he had received Holy Communion.
(explanation of the medal from http://www.e-benedictine.com/medal/)