Antique St Benedict Medal Pendant
Definitely one of our favorite saints here at LaNae is St. Benedict. This antique religious medal has been given new life in one of Cynthia Ann's signature mixed metal bezels. Created with 1.23tcw of shining champagne diamonds, 4.73g of 14k yellow gold & blackened rhodium silver all hanging from an openable bale so that it may be hung on any necklace you wish.
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 and reads "CRVXS P BENED" which stands for:
"The Cross Of Our Holy Father, St Benedict"