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The Exorcism Formula & Blessing Ritual of the St. Benedict Medal

Jul 11, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

St. Benedict of Nursia (d. 547 A.D.) was an incredibly important saint for the Church, most notably because of the organization and stability he brought to monastic life in the earliest centuries of Christianity, enabling the Church to lay the foundation of Western culture and civilization following the collapse of the Roman Empire.

During his life he was known to work many miracles through the power of the Holy Cross. Among these included his heroic flight from temptations and miraculous escapes from traps set to kill him.  His most famous miracle was rendering ineffective a poisoned cup that was offered to him, simply by making the Sign of the Cross over it.  The Medal of St. Benedict is based on this tradition of the saint's power over the wiles of the Devil.


Because of his uncommon sanctity and miraculous powers, men gathered around St. Benedict as disciples. He paved the way for these men to consecrate themselves to a secluded, disciplined, and communal life of prayer, work, fasting, and penance dedicated solely to the worship of God.

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

The Exorcism Formula & Blessing Ritual of the St. Benedict Medal

To firmly establish the men who desired to imitate his strict way of life, St. Benedict founded twelve monasteries, including the world-famous Monte Cassino, and gave them a rule of life to live by, the Rule of St. Benedict, to increase their spiritual effectiveness. These were the Western Church's first monks. 

Because of the structure and discipline he brought to the monastic life, Benedict is heralded as the founder of Western Monasticism. He is the patron saint of many causes, especially known for his intercession against evil, including poison, temptations, and witchcraft. He is also the patron of monks, students, farmers, and all of Europe.

The Exorcism Formula & Blessing Ritual of the St. Benedict Medal Monte Cassino Abbey, Italy

The Medal of St. Benedict as we know it today is the Jubilee medal that was first struck in 1880 by the Archabbey of Monte Cassino to commemorate the fourteenth centenary anniversary of St. Benedict’s birth. The meaning of the symbols used on the medal were at one time a mystery until an ancient manuscript was discovered, as described below:

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.

Below is a guide to the meaning of the symbols on the front and back of the Jubilee Medal of St. Benedict.

The Exorcism Formula & Blessing Ritual of the St. Benedict Medal



Above the chalice and the raven in the center, on either side of the image of St. 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)




The initials on the cross in the center:

C. S. S. M. L. — N. D. S. M. D.

Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux — Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux 

(The Holy Cross be my light — Let not the dragon be my guide)


The circles by the four corners of the cross:


Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti 

(Cross of the Holy Father Benedict)


The 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:





St. Benedict Medals are the only medals that have their own special blessing in the Roman Ritual. Below is the powerful rite of blessing (long form) for St. Benedict medals, which any priest can pray.


Priest: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

I cast out the demon from you, creature medals, by God the Father almighty, who made the heavens and the earth and the seas and all that they contain. May all power of the adversary, all assaults and pretensions of Satan, be repulsed and driven afar from these medals, so that they may be for all who will use them a help in mind and body; in the name of the Father   almighty, of Jesus   Christ, His Son, our Lord, of the Holy   Spirit, the Advocate, and in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.

All: Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: Save your servants.

All: Who trust in you, my God.

P: Let us find in you, Lord, a fortified tower.

All: In the face of the enemy.

P: The Lord will give strength to His people.

All: The Lord will bless His people with His peace.

P: Lord, send us aid from your holy place.

All: And watch over us from Sion.

P: Lord, heed my prayer.

All: And let my cry be heard by you.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, lavish dispenser of every good, we humbly ask that by the prayers of St. Benedict you pour out your blessing   on these sacred medals, impressed with letters and signs ascribed to you. Let all who will wear them with hearts intent on good works deserve to obtain health of mind and body, your holy grace, and the indulgences that have been granted to us. And may they escape by your merciful help all attacks and wiles of the devil, and finally appear in your presence sinless and holy; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who willed in redeeming the whole world to be born of a Virgin, to be circumcized, rejected by the Jews, betrayed with a kiss by Judas, bound in chains, crowned with thorns, pierced with nails, crucified between robbers, wounded with a lance, and to die at last on the cross; I humbly ask, by this your sacred passion, that you expel all attacks and wiles of the devil from the person who devoutly calls on your holy name, using these words and signs ascribed to you. May it please you to lead him (her) to the harbor of everlasting salvation, you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son,   and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles the medals with holy water.


The St. Benedict medal is rich in meaning and a powerful sacramental for spiritual protection, and there are a variety of ways to use it. Continue reading How to Use the St. Benedict Medal.

You can shop all things St. Benedict here.

This article has been updated and was originally published in July 2014. © The Catholic Company


Blessed says
Nov 26 2018 2:28AM
Beloved Debashis.... I wish i could buy one for you... I too have no money. India, though rich with beautiful, passionate people, is a notoriously impoverished country. The poor are very near to Jesus's heart.

I have found even a picture of the blessed medal to be quite effective.

The rosary, also.

1 John 2:27
rosemarie Rolleri says
Nov 24 2018 11:33AM
can I purchase and pay for the medals from you and is there a way that the medals can be blessed before they are sent to me.
Hello! You can find The Catholic Company's selection of St. Benedict medals here:
However, we do not sell blessed items. In fact, the Catholic Church discourages the selling of blessed items, as you would be putting a monetary value on a spiritual grace (which technically also falls under the sin of simony). However, you can have any priest pray a simple blessing over your items once you purchase them, or ask them to use the blessing formula provided here. God bless!
Aug 10 2018 2:12AM
Dear Father,

My name is Debashis Das Chowdhury. My address is 3/50C Vidyasagar Upanibesh, Kolkata-700047, India.

I shall be grateful to you if you can send me a powerfu; St Benedictine Jublee medal or crucifix to my address mentioned above.Please bless The Crucifix with Benedictine exorcism prayer and send it as a token of protection and blessings.

My mobile no (91)9836215930

Thanking You,

With regards,

Debashis Das Chowdhury
Hello Debashis, we are an online Catholic retailer of religious items, you can find our selection of St. Benedict medals for purchase here: After purchase, you can then take the medal to a Catholic priest to have it blessed. If you need help with your order, please do not hesitate to contact us! God Bless.
Derek Solomon says
May 25 2018 4:59AM
I Encourage All the Faithfull to Have Faith in St Benedicts Medal

It's Our Only Weapon Against the evil-one Amen IHS
Conun and Kara Quinn Beverly says
Apr 8 2018 2:13PM
Eternal Father, Abba Yahweh, You have given my beloved wife Kara Quinn and I our lineages, fathers and mothers, god-parents, step-parents, adopted-parents, and grandparents, in-laws, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews; Bless them we beseech You, with health of spirit, soul, body, and mind with of the all necessary Graces; And grant my beloved wife Kara Quinn and I, by Your assistance to love, honor, obey, and care for them in all things. Now may Abba Yahweh-Shalom Whom brought up from the dead our Most Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an Eternal Covenant with His Most Precious Blood, may He equip all of them with all they need for doing His will. May He produce in them through the power of our Lord Christ Jesus to able to cooperate with Him in the work of Salvation and every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All for the greater Glory of His Majesty Jesus Christ our Lord forever and ever. He is in control. Amen and Amen.
Richard says
Apr 5 2018 11:23PM
I ask for prayers my wife was told that my ex- wife has evil spell on our marriage that we’re doing good and then everything get chaotic from having a hard time finding work to arguments start out of nowhere. It’s get worst she has it on me worst so that I won’t be happy at night I loose my sleep and me and my current wife just don’t talk or me and wife’s daughter just argue.
Hi Richard, make sure that you and your wife have received the sacraments within the Catholic Church (baptism, confession, confirmation, Holy Communion, marriage), that you attend Mass every Sunday and confession regularly, and that you pray daily especially the Holy Rosary. If you continue to experience problems please talk to a good and holy priest about the problems you are experiencing. God Bless!
Ansel says
Mar 8 2018 12:59AM
If it is the will of God, and if he decides to grant me a favor, that maybe I do not even deserve, and for which I will be grateful, please keep my wife, sons and me healthy, and fee from destructive deseases.

If is possible Saint Benedict, intercede for us.

FrankTorres says
Dec 19 2017 1:54PM
Love the web-site
benedict says
Dec 11 2017 3:06PM
Guide me with your love oh most adorable patron saimt of mine. May i live to show peace to the world and charity to all corners of the world.
Diego Yoshikay says
Dec 2 2017 7:30PM
Hi Gretchen. I have a question.

I was looking information about this great medal. But in some web pages I found that the back side has an extra “I” in the vertical letters. It is supposed to be CSSML, instead CSSMLI. What is the meaning of this extra “I”?. Thank you for your answer.
Hi Diego, I think what is reading as the extra "I" is meant to be an exclamation point. The prayer is: Crux sacra sit mihi lux! (May the holy cross be my light!).
Deborah Ross says
Nov 6 2017 12:26AM
We bought a house in Colorado and this metal was hanging over our front door and none of us had any idea what it was. I found the picture of it on your website and found it interesting. I was out of town when my husband decided to take it down. Is there a reason why someone would hang this over the front door of their house?
Hi Deborah, if you read this post you will find that the St. Benedict Medal is a powerful sacramental of the Catholic Church that is used for protection against evil. Placing the medal on the doors is used as a protection against demonic influence, since the doorway is the entryway into the house.
Marybeth says
Oct 31 2017 2:27AM
I found this medal the other day. I noticed it and walked past it, then was compelled to turn around and pick it up. I was raised Catholic, but no longer practice. I am a member of the LDS church. What I know is that I have never experienced the adversary as I have in the past year. I never even believed evil existed. It does, it’s real and I made it through. I’m so thankful to be protected by our Savior ... and thank you Catholics for your support in Saint Benedict. Peace be with you all xox
Cheryl Winfield says
Oct 29 2017 11:52PM
Christine says

July 11, 2017 at 11:13 pm

Please protect my daughter from the evil that has entered her life via mental illness. Amen

Dear Christine:

Mental illness is a chemical imbalance in the brain that needs or not need medication in order to function everyday. It can also be managed with life changes (changing jobs, changing faiths, disown blood relative(s), etc...), and talk therapy. Please go to & educate yourself with being the family member of someone suffering mental illness. Primitive peoples of the past (and some areas of our country & the world) use the terms "evil" and "demonic possession" in regards to mental illness. Please let you daughter go to that site to help herself, but understand that to get away from you and/or the Catholic faith may be the thing she needs to do, which isn't evil. She needs to to find out if Catholicism is her faith or not, your church is hers or not, and if you should be in her life or not.
Maureen OShea says
Oct 27 2017 12:35AM
Please pray that my family does not become homeless! My granddaughter found this metal up the street from our apartment! Any day now a sheriff will be coming to evict us from here! Please i pray for a miracle! Amen!
Please God,

I Beg you Jesus Christ ! for my husband against the evil that surround him .

take away all the demons that torture him day and night , don't let his soul perish in hell

This medallion is powerful. My mom protected her from witchcraft. And now I'm using it.
Thanks God for the gift of St. Benedict! St Benedict pray for my Mother that she may be delivered from evil and follow Christ faithfully.

That I and my siblings would also be protected from all evil.
Kerri says
Sep 6 2017 7:41PM
The reason it worried me is because the medal is the same design as the jubilee and the ones I found earlier than 1880 had him with his staff and on the other side is still the cross with the same abbreviated letters on it. The medal I have certainly isn't antique, it is brand new and is being sold in bulk. I think someone online pulled the wool over my eyes so I am questioning if it was even blessed at all. It is the Jubilee medal, the only difference is an absence of the letters on the cross. (Let the holy cross be my light and let not the dragon be my over Lord/leader). I can rectify the blessing and the medal, but now I have doubt if it is a true sacramental object or if someone was just trying to make a buck. There was no certificate or anything else.
Hi Kerri, it is not permitted for anyone to sell blessed religious articles; you must take it to a priest to have it blessed after purchase. In this article is the special blessing for the St. Benedict medal which you can ask your priest to use. I would not be worried about the fact that the medal on your rosary is missing those letters. I would simply get another St. Benedict medal that includes the missing letters, and have that blessed by the priest at the same time as your rosary, and wear the medal on your person for spiritual protection. The rosary will still be a sacramental blessed with the special prayers for the St. Benedict medal.
Kerri says
Sep 6 2017 4:58PM
Thank you, I just bought two from a Benedictine monastery where they made and prayed over them. I will attach one to my Rosary and the other to my scapular, thanks again, I was worried.
Kerri says
Sep 5 2017 6:53PM
I have a question and I don't know who to ask about it. I came across your site and I am really hoping someone can answer this. I just bought a blessed St. Benedict rosary that was made in Nazareth and blessed in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Upon inspection I noticed that the abbreviated letters that are suppose to be on the cross are not there, the CSSML and NDSMD. All the other abbreviations are there except those. Does this matter? I know they are incantations, correct? I have a couple other medals not bought from that place and all if them have it. I was surprised that a blessed rosary would leave it off. Can you tell me if this matters, do I need to attach a new medal with the letters?
Hi Kerri, the St. Benedict Medal in its current form is often the jubilee medal that was redesigned and struck in 1880. You could perhaps have an older design of the medal on your rosary. What you have is still a blessed sacramental, however, I cannot answer as to whether it would be more efficacious if it included the additional inscribed prayers. I would not let this be a cause for concern. You can always purchase a St. Benedict Medal (the current jubilee design) and keep that on your person for spiritual protection, in addition to having it on your rosary.
Linda says
Aug 3 2017 12:18PM
I pray for my family members to believe and return to their faith and trust in Jesus!

I ask protection for all my family members present and future.

Protection for all peoples and their souls, so we all may be in Heaven for ever.

God Bless our Country and World.

Mother ever Blessed Virgin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Thank you!

Blessings to All this day, and days to follow.


In Jesus name.
St. Benedict, please intercede on behalf of my niece, J, who finds entertainment in the evil. Bring her back into the loving arms of God. I ask this in the name of the Lord, Amen.
Lydia Shuey says
Jul 17 2017 9:38PM
Saint Benedict I humbly beg you to protect my son and cast out all evil. He is lost and sees and hears things. I need a miracle. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Margaret VaraReyes says
Jul 12 2017 6:53PM
St. Benedict, please intercede for my family, my home to stop all evil attacks and to most importantly bring my husband back home to be reconciled with us very soon. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
Christine says
Jul 11 2017 11:13PM
Please protect my daughter from the evil that has entered her life via mental illness. Amen

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at, she is also editor of the daily devotional email and author at She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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