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st-benedict-cross-medal.jpgSaint Benedict Blessings

Prayers for Priests to Bless Sacramentals

(Taken from old Roman Ritual prayer books, unless otherwise noted)

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P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R: Who made heaven and earth.

P: I exorcise (this medal / these medals) in the name of God, the Father Almighty, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them.  May God uproot and expel from (this object / these objects) all power of the adversary, all attacks of the devil, and all deceptions of Satan, so that (it / they) may bring health of mind and body to all who use (it / them).  We make this prayer in the name of the Almighty (+) Father, of Jesus (+) Christ, his Son our Lord, and of the Holy (+) Spirit, the Paraclete.  We pray also with love for our Lord Jesus Christ, who will come to judge the living and the dead, and to purify the world by fire.
R: Amen.

All: Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.saint-benedict-stained-glass.jpg

Our Father...

P: And lead us not into temptation.
R: But, deliver us from evil.
P: Save your servants.
R: Who trust in you, my God.
P: Be for us, O Lord, a tower of strength.
R: Against the power of the enemy.
P: The Lord will give strength to his people.
R: The lord will bless his people with peace.

P: Send us, O Lord, help from the sanctuary.
R: And from Zion protect us.
P: O Lord, hear my prayer.
R: And let my cry come to you.
P: The Lord be with you.
R: And with your spirit.

P: Let us pray.  Almighty God, giver of all good things, we humbly ask you, through the
intercession of St. Benedict, to pour out your blessing (+) upon (this medal / these medals) imprinted with sacred prayers and symbols, so that all who use (this medal / these medals), and devote themselves to the practice of good works, may obtain health of mind and body, forgiveness of sins, and the grace of holiness.  With the help of your mercy, may they be able to resist all the attacks and wiles of the devil, and thus be truly holy and blameless in your sight.  Through Christ our Lord.
R: Amen.

P: Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, who for the redemption of the whole world, willed to be born of the Virgin, to be circumcised, rejected by the Jews, betrayed by the kiss of Judas, bound with ropes, crowned with thorns, pierced, with nails, crucified, between robbers, wounded with a lance, and finally to die on the cross.  Through your most holy Passion, we humbly implore that you drive away all attacks and wiles of the devil, from those who devoutly invoke your holy name, while using (this medal / these medals) imprinted with sacred words and symbols.  Lead them safely to the haven of salvation, where you live and reign forever.
R: Amen.

P: May the blessings of Almighty God (+) the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit descend upon (this medal / these medals) and upon those who use it (it / them), and may this blessing remain forever.
R: Amen.

(Priest sprinkles the crucifixes/medals with holy water)


 

Blessings of the medal

 

V: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R: Who made heaven and earth.
V: In the name of God the Father + almighty, who made heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, I exorcise these medals against the power and attacks of the evil one. May all who use these medals devoutly be blessed with health of soul and body. In the name of the Father + almighty, of the Son + Jesus Christ our Lord, and of the Holy + Spirit the Paraclete, and in the love of the same Lord Jesus Christ who will come on the last day to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire.
R: Amen.
V: Let us pray. Almighty God, the boundless source of all good things, we humbly ask that, through the intercession of Saint Benedict, you pour out your blessings + upon these medals. May those who use them devoutly and earnestly strive to perform good works be blessed by you with health of soul and body, the grace of a holy life, and remission of the temporal punishment due to sin.
May they also with the help of your merciful love, resist the temptation of the evil one and strive to exercise true charity and justice toward all, so that one day they may appear sinless and holy in your sight. This we ask though Christ our Lord.
R: Amen.

The medal is then sprinkled with holy water.