One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

March 18, 2006

THE CROSS OF SAINT BENEDICT



Approved Blessing of the Cross of St. Benedict

The Cross of Saint Benedict is a sacramental that may be blessed legitimately by any priest or deacon— not necessarily a Benedictine. The following English form may be used.

[V.] Our help is in the name of the Lord.
[R.] Who made heaven and earth.

In the name of God the Father + almighty,
who made heaven, earth, the seas, and all that is in them,
I exorcise this medal against the power and attacks of the evil one.
May all who devoutly use this medal
be blessed with health of soul and body.
In the name of the Father + almighty,
of the Son + Jesus Christ our Lord,
and of the Holy + Spirit the Paraclete,
and in the love of the same Lord Jesus Christ
who will come on the last day to judge the living, the dead, and the world by fire.
Amen.

Let us pray.

Almighty God,
the boundless source of all good things,
we humbly ask that you pour out your blessings + upon this medal
through the intercession of Saint Benedict.
May those who devoutly use it
and earnestly strive to perform good works
be blessed by you with health of soul and body,
the grace of a holy life
and remission of the temporal punishment due to sin.
With the help of your merciful love,
may they also resist the temptation of the evil one,
and strive to exercise true charity and justice toward all,
so that one day they may appear sinless and holy in your sight.
We ask this though Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The medal is then sprinkled with holy water.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All