Antique Brass St. Benedict Medal Pendant
This antique St. Benedict is definitely a very special piece of Cynthia Ann. Rarely does Cynthia have one in her collection that looks quite like this one. This medal was originally crafted in the late 19th century which is why it is more ornate than other St. Benedict medals in the collection. Cynthia has added one of her signature bezels made with 1.10tcw of champagne diamonds, 9.02g of 14k yellow gold & blackened rhodium silver. This medal features a few phases that we do not generally see on the 17th & 18th century Benedictine medals. See the very bottom for its unique phrase.
To this day, almost 1,500 years after his life, the Benedictine Rule is still the most common and influential rule used by monks around the world. Carrying a St. Benedict medal provides the wearer ultimate protection from evil. It is one of the oldest and most cherished medals used by Christians today.
On the front of the medal in each of the four corners of the cross is the latin abbreviation "CPSB" standing for "Crux Sancti Patris Benedictithe" in latin or "The Cross Of Our Holy Father Benedict" in english. Above St. Benedicts Cross is the latin abbreviation "IHS" which stands for "Jesus". Following IHS to the right is "VRSNSMVSMQLIVB" which is the latin abbreviation for Begone Satan - Never tempt me with your vanities, What you offer me is evil, drink the poison yourself." This is however not the full phrase, the abbreviation "CSSML/NDSMD" would have originally have been in the center of the medal where Cynthia Ann has added pave diamonds. These letters are generally missing due to the raised cross being the most heavily worn from its centuries of use. The full phrase is:
"May the Holy Cross be my light - May the dragon never be my guide,
Begone Satan - Never tempt me with your vanities,
What you offer me is evil, drink the poison yourself."
The back of this medal depicts St Benedict himself. On either side of him it reads "CRVXS P BENED" which stands for:
"The Cross Of Our Holy Father, St Benedict"
On the perimeter of the back is "Eius in obitu nostro praesentia nuniamur" which is latin for:
"May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death"
This medal also features the letters "PAX" below St. Benedict. These letters appear to have been added after the medal was originally crafted. Perhaps by the person who wore it? "PAX" is the latin for "Peace".