St. Benedict, blessed by God both in grace and in name, Patriarch of Western Monasticism, and founder of the Order which bear his name, was born in Nursia, Italy, in 480 and died in 547.

As the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ was chief object of devotion among the first Christians, so was it also with St. Benedict.

It was this devotion to the Cross, the sign of our redemption, that gave rise to the Medal of St. Benedict, for devotion to the sign of our salvation.

The Saint often employed the sign of the Cross to work miracles and to overcome the devil and his temptations. Hence from the earliest centuries after his death he represented bearing the Cross of Christ and the Holy Rule.

Second Day

O dear St. Benedict, you taught your followers to welcome visitors as if they were Christ in his person.

Your rule of hospitality enabled you to treat with respect strangers and offer for them the warmth of your welcome.

Teach us to be welcoming in our homes, to treat our guests with respect, and enable them to feel the warmth of Christ’s embrace.

Teach us to develop a listening ear that our guests and visitors may easily feel that we are authentically interested in their welfare and well-being.

Make our homes a place where the sorrowful may encounter relief of their sufferings. Amen.

Pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be.

St. Benedict, pray for us.

V. Intercede for us, O holy father Saint Benedict, R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray:

O God, Who hast called us from the vanity of the world, and Who dost incite us to the reward of a heavenly vocation under the guidance of our holy patriarch and founder, Saint Benedict, inspire and purify our hearts and pour forth on us Thy grace, whereby we may persevere in Thee. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.



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