- Hand-cast, iron forged medallion and nail
- 3" antique silver Benedictine Medal with rustic nail designed exclusively for My Saint My Hero
- Back of the medal is stamped with My Saint My Hero logo
- Made in the USA
- Comes in a box and bag with an inspirational card with the Prayer to St. Benedict
The St Benedict medal was first struck in 1880 in commemoration of the 14th century since the birth of St. Benedict, though earlier versions were made throughout Europe. The first official approval of the medal was made by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741. The medal is often worn as a necklace, but can also be carried in one’s pocket, attached to a rosary, placed in the home, or placed in the center of a cross/crucifix.
St. Benedict Medal Back:
- Along the vertical bar of the cross are the initials “CSSML,” standing for “Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux,” or, “May the Holy Cross be my light.”
- On the horizontal bar of the cross are the initials, “NDSMD,” or “Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux,” or “Let not the dragon be my overlord.”
- In the interior angles of the cross are the initials, “CSPB,” standing for “Crux Sancti Patri Benedicti,” or “The Cross of our Holy Father Benedict.”
- In most cases, there is an additional inscription at the top of the cross, usually the word “Pax,” or “Peace,” or sometimes “IHS,” which is a symbol for the name of Jesus Christ.
Encircling the medal on this side is an abbreviation: “VRSNSMV,” meaning “Vade Retro Satana, Nonquam Suade Mihi Vana,” or “Begone Satan, do not suggest to me thy vanities.” Following these words is another abbreviation: “SMQLIVB,” meaning “Sunt Mala Quae Libas, Ipse Venena Bibas” or “Evil are the things thou proferrest, drink thou thy own poison.”