. “Saint Benedict” sterling silver pendant
. Christians used St. Benedict symbol (medal) due to the belief in its power against evil “devil-chasing medal”
. Original unique design with beautiful details and amazing art work
. Rare piece, top quality, best craftsmanship, handmade
. Intricately detailed lines and antique, rustic finish
. Excellent new condition, heavy, stamped 925
. Total weight -32 grams of which -23 grams Silver pendant and- 9 grams chain, length of chain 60 centimeters.
. Dimensions: Width 4mm.- Length 30mm.- Height 40 mm. Hoop/diameter 7mm.
Sterling silver handmade Christian/Roman Catholic “Saint Benedict” ” style pendant. The face of the pendant features one very identifiable symbol of “St Benedict” holding a cross in his right hand, the object of his devotion, and in the left his rule for monasteries. The snake’s image on the poisoned cup is in reference to the legend of Benedict, which explains that hostile monks attempted to poison him. The cup containing poisoned wine shattered when the saint made the sign of the cross over it. There is also a symbol of a crow represents the bird that carried off the contaminated portion of loaf to where it could do no harm. The crow then returned St Benedict for its normal feeding. A cross, containing the letters C S S M L – N D S MD, initials of the words Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Non [Nunquam?] draco sit mihi dux! (“May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my overlord!”). The large C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (“The Cross of [our] Holy Father Benedict”). All around the cross are the letters V R S N S M V – S M Q L I V B, in reference to Vade retro satana: 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!”)