The Exorcism Formula of the St. Benedict Medal

The St Benedict Medal Explained

The Medal of St. Benedict Explained


During his life, St. Benedict of Nursia was known to work many miracles using the power of the Holy Cross. Among these included his heroic flight from temptations and miraculous escapes from traps set to kill him.

Saint Benedict became known for his power over the Devil, with the Holy Cross of Jesus Christ as his efficacious instrument to make the Devil flee. The Medal of St. Benedict is based on this tradition.

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St. Benedict was an incredibly important saint for the Church, most notably because he was the founder of Western monasticism. Because of his uncommon sanctity and miraculous powers, men gathered around him as disciples.

Benedict paved the way for these men to consecrate themselves to a secluded, disciplined, communal life of prayer, work, fasting, and penance dedicated solely to the worship of God. He organized them together under a single Rule to increase their spiritual effectiveness.

So, it is not hard to see why Saint Benedict was often a specific target of the Devil.

The St. Benedict medal as we commonly know it today (the Jubilee medal) was first made in 1880 to commemorate the fourteenth centenary anniversary of St. Benedict’s birth by the Archabbey of Monte Cassino, the most important monastery established by the Saint in the 6th century.

The meaning of the symbols used on the medal were at one time a mystery until an ancient manuscript was discovered, as described below:

St. Benedict of Nursia

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia,

“It is doubtful when the Medal of St. Benedict originated. During a trial for witchcraft at Natternberg near the Abbey of Metten in Bavaria [a Benedictine monastery established in the 8th century] in the year 1647, the accused women testified that they had no power over Metten, which was under the protection of the cross. Upon investigation, a number of painted crosses, surrounded by the letters which are now found on Benedictine medals, were found on the walls of the abbey, but their meaning had been forgotten.

Finally, in an old manuscript, written in 1415, was found a picture representing St. Benedict holding in one hand a staff which ends in a cross, and a scroll in the other. On the staff and scroll were written in full the words of which the mysterious letters were the initials. Medals bearing the image of St. Benedict, a cross, and these letters began now to be struck in Germany, and soon spread over Europe. They were first approved by Benedict XIV in his briefs of 23 December, 1741, and 12 March, 1742.”

This—combined with the many accounts of the Saint triumphing over traps the Devil set for him during his lifetime—is how the symbols on the St. Benedict medal became propagated as a form of protection against, and exorcism of, evil.


Silver and Blue Enameled St. Benedict Medal and Chain and Medal



  • Above the chalice and the raven in the center, on either side of Saint Benedict:

Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti

(Cross of the Holy Father Benedict)


  • Words around the perimeter of the medal:

Ejus in obitu nro praesentia muniamur

(May we at our death be fortified by his presence)




  • Initials on the cross in the center:

C. S. S. M. L. – N. D. S. M. D.

Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux

(The Holy Cross be my light)

Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux

(Let not the dragon be my guide)


  • Circles by the four corners of the cross:


Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti 

(Cross of the Holy Father Benedict)


  • Initials around the perimeter:

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

(Step back, Satan, do not suggest to me thy vanities —evil are the things thou profferest, drink thou thy own poison)


  • And at the top:




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This article was originally published in 2014

About Gretchen

Gretchen is a recent convert and completely in love with the Catholic faith. She is very active in her parish and has recently joined the Lay Dominicans. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics & currently works on copywriting, content marketing, and social media for The Catholic Company.
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22 Responses to The Exorcism Formula of the St. Benedict Medal

  1. Marilyn says:

    Please protect my children and grandchildren bring them all back to the church

  2. Marlys says:

    Please cast Satan out of my grandsons life and save his soul. He has such anger and hatred in him. Bring his family peace and back to their Catholic Faith. St. Benedict Pray for them.

  3. LINDA says:

    Please protect my daughter, and keep her safe from the enemy.

  4. Ellen galizia says:

    Please bring my husband,children,grandchildren back to the true Roman Catholic Church.

  5. Js says:

    Please protect all Catholic priests and clergy against temptation and lust and please protect me from impure thoughts and deeds. St Benedict please bring back my father in law and mother in law in holy matrimony so they may die as a married couple and keep them away from lust and sin. I ask this through Christ our lord. Amen.

  6. Lizzie says:

    Please cast Satan out of my sons life and save their souls. Bring to our family peace and immense faith in the power of God. Please cast out debts and financial inadequacy from our lives in Jesus Name i ask.

  7. XIOMARA says:

    I yes want to thanks God and his son Jesus for saint Benedic powerful protetion i veliebe that only we needed is have faith,before i notice about saint Benedict in my house to many black crow come and follow me evere i work make loos all my by evil neiborht make a black magy vodoo againt me and my family. and put one cross of saint Benedict to top of my garage door and they flee,thanks to God and saint BENEDICT.

  8. Pauline Cyprian says:

    Saint Benedict, intercede on my behalf concerning my health. I truly desire to be well again. I shall testify when this is done and will never depart from using this prayer until death. Lord hear my prayers and heal me. Amen

  9. L says:

    Pray for my son to open up his heart to Jesus keep him from the deceptive woman and that country

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  11. George Sikien Sunow says:

    I bought three pieces for our cars teo weeks ago.

  12. George Sikien Sunow says:

    I bought three pieces for our cars two weeks ago.

  13. Dora says:

    Please bring my oldest granddaughter full back to us for good, and restore my health, Please help in my prayers amen

  14. Terese says:

    Please help my brother ed he needs much prayer his birthday is Saturday

  15. Timothy says:

    Beg our Lord to allow my daughter and son-in-law to overcome infertility so as to have healthy, loving children. St. Benedict, pray for us!

  16. Jonnie says:

    St Benedict, please pray for me to fight the devil and his demons who are trying to pull me away from mass. Help me fight addictions, loss of energy, depression. Help me draw closer to Jesus. Watch over my brother and sisters who are my support and love.

  17. Joe says:

    Please bring my family and I back to the Catholic Church and back into Doing Gods will. Amen

  18. Maria says:

    St. Benedict bring my two sons back to the Carholic Church, where they will find the true love, hope and motivation the have lost.

  19. Karhy T. says:

    Please rid me of all my demons and bring me to the light of Christ and his peace

  20. Carol says:

    Please bring peace to the world. Watch over the USA and help turn her back to our God. Help my sons to find You again, believe and trust in You. St. Benedict, pray for us.

  21. Martyc says:

    I came to learn of St Benedict from my mom. She would share his medal with my children and in particular my son. When he’d misplace it she’d replace it. Years later he would report the medal had protected him from many near misses in the car, at work, in his personal choices. Today he carries it in his wallet. We all carry one and give thanks for the protection of St Benedict . Share and believe.

  22. Gloria C Letang says:

    Dearest St. Benedict, bring my son Charley under your protection and guidance following his recent traumatic life and tragic death. He may still be roaming the earth in confusion, for his death was sudden and full of despair. Please guide him to the light of Our Lord and Savior so that he may atone for his sins and expiate his soul from the wickedness and snares of the Devil and his minions. We pray for his soul and send up to Heaven prayers and our deepest love to him. Assure him that all is well in the earth realm. We will pray for protection of his children by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God Almighty, and all the saints. Never forget us St. Benedict as we try to resist temptations. Remind us of God’s eternal love and might when we are surrounded by darkness and fear, and guide us to safety. We humbly pray. Amen.

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