The Home Blessing of St. Benedict is a new and unique way to benefit from the sacramental use of the St. Benedict medal that can be displayed just about anywhere. Saint Benedict was a great saint known not only for his sanctity but for his resistance and power over devils that tried to undermine him. Tradition holds that at least twice attempts were made on Saint Benedict's life through poisoned food, and both times his blessing over his meal spared his life. These and other miracles were frequent in the life of St. Benedict. He was especially adept at resisting the devil's wiles, thus the St. Benedict medal is a highly indulgenced Catholic saint medal with several exorcism prayers etched onto its surface. As such St. Benedict medals have become favorites among Catholic faithful.
This Home Blessing of St. Benedict is a decorative way to display the St. Benedict medal with knotted nylon cords and beads that can hang from a doorknob or from another convenient place in the home or car. In addition to a St. Benedict crucifix are two St. Benedict medals of various sizes. The purpose of using the St. Benedict medal is to call down God's blessing and protection upon us, wherever we are, and upon our homes and possessions, especially through the intercession of St. Benedict. Sacramentals used in this way become a constant silent prayer and reminder of our identity as followers and lovers of Christ. The St. Benedict medal has several prayers associated with it as identified by the acronyms on both sides. These are a prayer of exorcism against the devil, a prayer for strength in time of temptation, a prayer for a peaceful death in the Lord, a prayer for peace among ourselves and among the nations of the world, a prayer that the Cross of Christ be our light and guide, a prayer of firm rejection of all that is evil, a prayer of petition that we may with Christian courage "walk in God's ways, with the Gospel as our guide," as St. Benedict admonishes us.
I have one of these in my home. I look at it often and am reminded that St Benedict is watching over me and my home. This time I purchased it for a dear friend who had a stressful move. I found online an explanation of what each item on it relates to. It would be nice if the story behind each piece was included with this house blessing piece. Knowing the reason for each part makes me feel even more blessed to have it in my home.
Home Blessing - St. Benedict
Donna C.(Pensacola, November 10, 2015)
This is so impressive and beautiful. I asked my Pastor to bless it and he thought that the St. Benedict piece was lovely. The religious items that compose this Home Blessing look 100% better than the catalog.
Home Blessing of St Benedict
Linda Lutz(Denver, September 15, 2015)
wonderful gift and so fast a delivery
Victoria(St. Cloud, MN, March 21, 2015)
Beautiful and unique. I bought it (and love it) for myself, but it would make a great gift as well.
St. Benedict Home Blessing
Susan Scheiter(Bristow, October 27, 2014)
Item is beautiful. A nice addition to my home. Picture on website doesn't do it justice. I'm going to keep this in mind for gifts. I don't remember ever getting anything from the Catholic Company that I wasn't pleased with. Thank you for providing such high quality items.
peter(trinidad, March 25, 2014)
Item received in short time from order...was of very good quality and very attractive..was given as a gift and she really liked it...had it blessed by the local priest..