The medal of St. Benedict is a very powerful sacramental.
According to the Benedictines, “The purpose of using the medal is to call down God’s blessing and protection on us, wherever we are, and upon our homes and possessions, especially through the intercession of St. Benedict. The medal is a prayer of exorcism against Satan, a prayer in time of temptation, 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.”
It is known that Saint Benedict had a deep and strong faith in the Cross of Jesus Christ, and how he worked miracles with the sign of the cross. God wants to protect us from evil and danger of all kinds. The purpose of using the medal in any of the above ways is to call down God’s blessing and protection upon us, upon our homes and possessions, especially through the intercession of St. Benedict.
By carrying the Medal of Saint Benedict with us, we embody the Holy Cross and the Rule of Saint Benedict, and use it as protection from evil and danger. 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 or workplace.
The one rule about the St. Benedict Medal (whether it is on a Crucifix or not) is that it be properly blessed by a priest with the Benedictine blessing. Dear St. Benedict, pray for us.