Understanding the Saint Benedict Medal.
Did hostile monks attempt to poison Saint Benedict? When was the first St. Benedict medal created? We don’t know the answers to these questions for sure but we do know that for many centuries, these medals have symbolized the prayers of the faithful against the powers of evil. This rosary is not magic, it does not contain any power in and of itself, but it is a powerful reminder of God’s protection – past, present, and future. It aids us in our prayers for the light of God in our lives.
What are the words on the cross of Saint Benedict?
If you look on the back of the Saint Benedict medal, you see a cross with the letters C S S M L – N D S M D. These initials stand for the Latin words Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Numquam draco sit mihi dux! The translation of these words means “May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my overlord!”. When I hold this small Rosary in my hands and gaze at the medal, I think about all the times the dragon could have prevailed in my life, yet the Lord prevented this from happening.
I found this Rosary in Central Mexico where it was made. Attached to it is the medal of Saint Benedict. Included is a card containing a short blessing in Spanish.
With the tassels, the length of this small rosary is about 4 1/4″.