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A wonderful antique french medal from France. It is signed the famous Modernist Fernand PY (1887-1949)

The front features Saint Benedict (St Benedictus or french Saint Benoit) and says "St Benedict, Monarch & Patriot"

On the back is a cross, containing the letters C S S M L - N D S M D, initials of the words Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Non draco sit mihi dux! ("May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my overlord!").The large C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti ("The Cross of [our] Holy Father Benedict"). Surrounding the back of the medal are the letters V R S N S M V - S M Q L I V B, in reference to Vade retro satana: Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas! ("Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!") and finally, located at the top is the word PAX which means "peace".

Lay Catholics are not permitted to perform exorcisms but they can use the Saint Benedict Medal, holy water, the crucifix, and other sacramentals to ward off evil.

Fine details.

Approx 1.6 cm diam = 5/8 of an inch diam without bail

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Vintage Religious French Silver round Medal with St Benedict Exorcism by Fernand Py - antique pendant jewelry

Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Materials: metal, medal, religious
  • Feedback: 816 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from France
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