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Italy, c. 1950
Unique and rare detail on this St. Benedict medal, with the words in Latin, "Ora Labora" which means, "Labor On," a biblical phrase and part of the ancient Catholic Latin Hymn. St. Benedict pictured holding a bible. Artist stamp on front of medal (lower RH corner) and stamping on bale show authenticity and maker's mark. Medal is .8 inches in diameter.
On the arms of the cross of Saint Benedict are the initial letters of a rhythmic Latin prayer: Crux sacra sit mihi lux. Nunquam draco sit mihi dux (May the holy cross be my light - May the dragon never be my guide). In the angles of the cross, the letters C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The cross of our holy father Benedict). Saint Benedict of Nursia was a founder of Christian monastic communities and a rule giver for monks living in community. His purpose may be gleaned from his Rule, namely that "Christ may bring us all together to life eternal." He is patron saint of many things, especially warding off negative spirits. Paired with 925 sterling silver rhodium coated 1mm rope chain in choice of 16, 18, or 20 inch length.
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Saint Benedict Medal - c. 1950