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Irene Garcia wrote:

Hi, guys —

My husband is going to be a police officer and it is popular for them to carry St. Michael pendants.

— Are there any other blessed pendants that could give him extra protection?

I've done research but you would probably be more knowledgeable having rigorously studied theology.

Thank you so much for your time : )


  { Are there any other pendants that could give a police officer extra protection? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Irene —

St. Michael is a patron of police officers, so it is good to wear his medal. No medal offers protection of themselves. It is God who protects and His protection is invoked by faith and prayer, especially the intercessory prayers of those whose medals we wear as a reminder.

In the case of St. Michael, God uses him and his angels to actually carry out the protection.
Just as angels carry our prayers to God, they often carry God's gifts to us. So pray to St. Michael, that, by God's power, he will protect your husband.

Trust God.

Pray, trust, and don't worry.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi, Irene —

I'd like to add-on to the fine answer Mary Ann gave. CatholicSaints.Info states Saint Sebastian is a patron of Police officers as well.

Besides a St. Michael medal or pendant, I would personally recommend Police officers wear any one or all of the following:

Origin of the Medal of Saint Benedict

For the early Christians, the cross was a favorite symbol and badge of their faith in Christ. From the writings of St. Gregory the Great (540-604), we know that St. Benedict had a deep faith in the Cross and worked miracles with the sign of the cross. This faith in, and special devotion to, the Cross was passed on to succeeding generations of Benedictines.

Devotion to the Cross of Christ also gave rise to the striking of medals that bore the image of St. Benedict holding a cross aloft in his right hand and his Rule for Monasteries in the other hand. Thus, the Cross has always been closely associated with the Medal of St. Benedict, which is often referred to as the Medal-Cross of St. Benedict.

In the course of time, other additions were made, such as the Latin petition on the margin of the medal, asking that by St. Benedict's presence we may be strengthened in the hour of death, as will be explained later.

We do not know just when the first medal of St. Benedict was struck. At some point in history a series of capital letters was placed around the large figure of the cross on the reverse side of the medal. For a long time the meaning of these letters was unknown, but in 1647 a manuscript dating back to 1415 was found at the Abbey of Metten in Bavaria, giving an explanation of the letters. They are the initial letters of a Latin prayer of exorcism against Satan, as will be explained below. (Source: blocked out)

The front side of a St. Benedict's Medal.

On the front of the St. Benedict Medal

On the front of this medal, St. Benedict is hold the Book of Rules for Monasteries in his left hand and The Cross, the Christian's symbol of salvation, in his right hand.

Right below the Cross Benedict is holding, is the poisoned cup, shattered when he made the sign of the cross over it.

Right below the Book of Rules for Monasteries Benedict is holding, is a raven about to carry away a loaf of poisoned bread that a jealous enemy had sent to St. Benedict.

In very small type, above the cup and the raven are the Latin words:

C. S. P. B.
Crux S. Patris Benedicti
The Cross of our holy father Benedict.

On the outside rim of the medal, encircling the figure of Benedict, are the Latin words:

Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur!
May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death!

Eius in obitu nostro prae— on the Cross side

sentia muniamur!— on the Book of Rules for Monasteries side

Benedictines have always regarded St. Benedict as a special patron of a happy death. He himself died in the chapel at Montecassino while standing with his arms raised up to heaven, supported by the brothers of the monastery, shortly after St. Benedict had received Holy Communion.

In very small type below St. Benedict's feet we read:

ex SM Casino MDCCCLXXX —from holy Monte Cassino, 1880.

This is the medal struck to commemorate the 1400th anniversary of the birth of Saint Benedict.


On the reverse side of the St. Benedict Medal

The reverse side of a St. Benedict's Medal.
On the back of the medal, the cross is dominant. On the arms of the cross are the initial letters of a rhythmic Latin prayer. 

On the vertical portion of the Cross:

Crux sacra sit mihi lux!
May the holy cross be my light!

On the horizontal portion of the Cross:

Nunquam draco sit mihi dux!
May the dragon never be my guide!

(May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!).

In the angles of the cross, the letters C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The cross of our holy father Benedict).

Above the cross is the word pax (peace), that has been a Benedictine motto for centuries.

On the outside rim of the back of the medal

The letter:

On YOUR right side: V R S — N S M V
Vade retro Satana! (V R S) Nunquam suade mihi vana! (N S M V)
Begone Satan! (V R S) Never tempt me with your vanities! (N S M V)

On YOUR left side: S M Q L — I V B
Sunt mala quae libas. (S M Q L) Ipse venena bibas! (I V B)
What you offer me is evil. (S M Q L) Drink the poison yourself! (I V B)

Together: 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!

Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!

— a Latin prayer of exorcism against Satan.

The Letters on the Medal

A number of letters arranged in various orders on the side on which the Cross is found remain to be explained. There is nothing hidden or superstitious about these letters; their significance is well known and approved by the Church. The manuscript of 1415 reveals their meaning and proves them to be the initials of Latin words which go to make up sentences explanatory of the object of the Medal and its use. They are in reality for the most part short prayers and imprecations, thought to have been frequently in the mouth of St. Benedict himself.

I would like to thank the Benedictine web site that assisted me in putting this together.


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