Two Rhyming Exorcisms on your St Benedict Medal

I love the Saint Benedict Medal. I wear one around my neck and keep one on my Rosary. The medal is a sacramental recalling the the power of Christ and his Saint Benedict against the wiles of Satan. As you may know, the medal contains a number of exorcisms. Here they are.

The arms of the Saint Benedict Cross contain the initials of an exorcism rhyme: C S S M L – N D S M D

Crux sacra sit mihi lux!
Nunquam draco sit mihi dux!
The Holy Cross be my light;
Never the dragon be my guide.

In the corners of the Cross are the letters C S P B: Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (“Cross of Holy Father Benedict”).

Above the Cross is the word Pax (“Peace”), the Benedictine motto.

Surrounding the circumference of the medal are the initials to the words of another rhyming Latin exorcism: V R S N S M V – S M Q L I V B

Vade retro Satana!
Nunquam suade mihi vana!
Sunt mala quae libas.
Ipse venena bibas!
Get behind me, Satan!
Never suggest vanities to me!
Evil are the things you pour,
Drink your own poison!
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  • Johnny Fleming

    Interesting, dont you think?

  • Peggy Molloy dba: Pegalomania

    My mother wrote a history book in rhyme. Thank you for explaining the meanings of the Latin. I have been checking out a book titled THE GODSPOT, I had heard an interview with the author several years ago, but just came across my notes. He was on Coast 2 Coast am radio.
    Maybe you could contact their producer about getting onto the show.
    I believe you would discover a willing and well-educated audience.
    Here is my triptych that I made from paper collage during my conversion from Presbyterian to Catholic.

  • fr val

    hello devotees of st benedict

  • Felix

    Here’s my attempt to put the first couplet into rhyming English:

    Oh, may the Holy Cross light up my way,

    Let not the dragon’s lies lead me astray!