This is St. Benedict cross is a thin wood icon style cross that comes on a large paper card that explains the different prayers symbolized on the St. Benedict medal. The St. Benedict cross has several prayers associated with it as identified by the acronyms on the front and back of the medal. The purpose of using the St. Benedict cross is to call down God's blessing and protection upon us, wherever we are, and upon our homes and belongings, through the intercession of Saint Benedict. Sacramentals used in this way become a silent prayer and a reminder of our life in Christ. These are an exorcism prayer, a prayer against temptation, a prayer for a peaceful death in the Lord, a prayer for individual and world peace, a prayer that the Cross of Christ will be our light and guide, a prayer of rejection of all 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. This St. Benedict cross and card are a wonderful gift idea and great for CCD or Faith Formation classes. The Cross can be hung on the wall or kept elsewhere while the card can be displayed in a memory book or photo album.
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