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The St. Benedict Cross, also known as the Crucifix of Saint Benedict, is a revered symbol renowned for its association with protection against evil and spiritual warfare. It features a crucifix with the figure of Jesus Christ upon it, along with specific symbols and inscriptions associated with Saint Benedict of Nursia, a Christian saint and the founder of the Benedictine Order. It is also a symbol of opening doors and opening difficult paths. Tradition holds that it protects from curses, evil and vice, protects against diseases and protects good health. 

The design of the St. Benedict Cross typically includes the following elements:

1. Crucifix: At the center of the cross is the figure of Jesus Christ, depicting his crucifixion. This serves as a reminder of Christ's sacrifice for humanity and his victory over sin and death.

2. Saint Benedict Medal: Often affixed to the cross, the St. Benedict Medal features symbols and inscriptions associated with the saint. These include:
  - The image of Saint Benedict himself, holding a cross in one hand and the Rule of Saint Benedict in the other.
  - The Latin phrase "Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti" (Cross of Holy Father Benedict) encircling the perimeter of the medal.
  - The letters "CSSML" and "VRNDSMD," abbreviations for the Latin phrases "Vade retro satana, Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux" (Get behind me satan, May the Holy Cross be my light) and "Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux" (Let not the dragon be my guide).
  - The initials "IHS," which stand for the name of Jesus in Greek.

The St. Benedict Cross is a powerful sacramental, offering protection against spiritual dangers, demonic forces, and temptation. It is often displayed in homes, churches, and places of worship, as well as worn as a pendant or carried as a token of faith and protection. The cross serves as a tangible reminder of the spiritual armor provided by the Almighty Lord of hosts.

Pendant and chain.


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