St. Benedict Mug

Item #3580
Shipping Wt. 1.00 lbs.
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Receive a reminder of the Rule of St. Benedict with each cup of coffee or tea. On one side are his words "Ora et Labora" translated as "Prayer & Work"; on the other, the Medal of St. Benedict. 8.5 oz. mug is microwave and dishwasher safe. Gift boxed.

The Medal of Saint Benedict

The front of the medal depicts St. Benedict holding in his right hand a cross, and in his left, the book of his Rule. On his right is a poisoned cup, and on his left a raven with a poisoned loaf. A jealous enemy had given him this cup and loaf; when St. Benedict made the Sign of the Cross over them, the cup shattered and a raven carried away the loaf. Above these items are the Latin words "CRUX SANCTI PATRIS BENEDICTI" (The Cross of our holy father Benedict). Surrounding the figure of St. Benedict are the words "EIUS IN OBITU NOSTRO PRAESENTIA MUNIAMUR!" (May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death), as he was always regarded by the Benedictines as the patron of a happy death.

The back of the medal depicts a cross. On the cross are the letters C S S M L - N D S M D, initials of the Latin words "CRUX SACRA SIT MIHI LUX! NUNQUAM DRACO SIT MIHI DUX!" (May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!). Above the cross is the word PAX (peace.) Encircling the cross are the letters V R S N S M V - S M Q L I V B, the initials of "VADE RETRO SATANA! NUNQUAM SUADE MIHI VANA! SUNT MALA QUAE LIBAS. IPSE VENENA BIBAS!" (Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!)

There is no special way prescribed for carrying or wearing the Medal of St. Benedict. It can be worn on a chain around the neck, attached to one's rosary, kept in one's pocket or purse, or placed in one's car or home. The medal is often put into the foundations of houses and building, on the walls of barns and sheds, or in one's place of business.

The purpose of the 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. By the conscious and devout use of the medal, it becomes, a constant silent prayer and a reminder of our dignity as followers of Christ.
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very pleased
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 11, 2020  |  By Cuong N.
Hi Dear ! We have received three items. We are very pleased to have three meaningful items. For everyday life in the loving hands of St. Benedict.and St Teresa of the Child Jesus thank you very much
Cuong N.

Thank you for your fine products.
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 19, 2018  |  By Paul C.
I am pleased with all that I ordered. I shall order again.
Paul C.

Perfect Gift
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 13, 2017  |  By Michael C.
The mugs are an excellent gift for any Benefictine monk or nun or an oblate of St Bendict. We order 14 to give our cal Benedictine nuns. The colours are vivid and the the images are sharp. Great gift. Well received. The ordering process and shipping was smooth.
Michael C.

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