"Behold, I have given you the power 'to tread upon serpents'
and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy
and nothing will harm you."
~ LUKE 10:19
"So submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
~ JAMES 4:7
Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
Dear Saint Benedict, I thank God for showering you with His grace to love Him above all else and to establish a monastic rule that has helped so many of His children live full and holy lives.
Through the cross of Jesus Christ, I ask you to please intercede that God might protect me, my loved ones, my home, property, possessions, and workplace today and always by your holy blessing, that we may never be separated from Jesus, Mary, and the company of all the blessed. Through your intercession may we be delivered from temptation, spiritual oppression, physical ills, and disease. Protect us from drug and alcohol abuse, impurity and immorality, objectionable companions, and negative attitudes. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Dear God, we praise and thank You for Who You are: The Creator and Master of the Universe, and our Father who loves us and has sent Your Son Jesus to save us from our sins.
Dear Father, You provided your holy monk, Benedict, as a leader and master in the spiritual life for a countless number of followers. Filled as he was with the spirit of all the just, You flooded him with the splendor of Your light. In the intense radiance of this light his mind was freed of hindrance and he was able to discern how incomplete all things are here below. Because of this the entire monastic company in every part of the world sings out its joy, and the Virtues on high, with all the angels, continuously praise Your glory in song.
Stir up in your Church, O Lord, the spirit that animated our Father Benedict. Fill us again with Your Holy Spirit, in order that we may learn to love what he loved and practice what he taught. As You filled Saint Benedict with the spirit of all the righteous, grant us, your servants, who celebrate his life and all the good You have accomplished through him, his followers, and his holy Rule, to be filled with his spirit, that we may faithfully accomplish Your complete Will. We ask all this through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who with You lives and reigns, one God, world without end. Amen.
Father, in Your goodness
grant me the intellect to comprehend You,
the perception to discern You,
and the reason to appreciate You.
In Your kindness
endow me with the diligence to look for You,
the wisdom, to discover You,
and the spirit to apprehend You.
In Your graciousness
bestow on me a heart to contemplate You,
ears to hear You,
eyes to see You,
and a tongue to speak of You.
In Your mercy to confer on me
a conversation pleasing to You,
the patience to wait for You,
and the perserverance to long for You.
Grant me a perfect end, Your holy presence. I ask this in the name of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Through the invocation of the Immaculate Mother of God and ever Virgin Mary, and the intercession of Saints Benedict and Maurus, may the Power of God the Father, the Wisdom of God the Son, and the Strength of the Holy Spirit free you from your infirmities. Amen.
May God's holy will be done, and may it be done to you as you wish and pray, for the praise and honor of the most holy Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(The priest or deacon then blesses the sick person with the relic of the Cross of the medal of Saint Benedict saying...) May the blessing Almighty God, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit descend upon you and abide with you forever. R. Amen.
(The sick person then kisses the relic or the medal of Saint Benedict).
If necessary, you may repeat this blessing three times. You may also celebrate three Votive Masses in honor of the Passion, of Saint Maurus the Abbot, and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. As an alternative, you may pray twenty decades of the Holy Rosary for the intentions of the sick person.
The twin sister of Saint Benedict, Saint Scholastica, was born in Nursia in the year 480. Just like her brother, she dedicated her life to God at an early age. During Saint Benedict's reign in Monte Cassino, Scholastica founded a convent of Women in Plombariola, a town close to Monte Cassino. It is also believed that Benedict directed Scholastica's convent, which in turn made Saint Scholastica the first Benedictine nun.
The brother and sister were very close. The two held a final meeting outside of Saint Benedict's monastery, and three days later Saint Scholastica died, and Saint Benedict had her body buried in his own tomb.
Although the early history of the Benedictine nuns is not concrete, we do know that great English nun-scholars like Hilda of Whitby and Lioba of Wimbourne influenced Europe with their teaching. During the 10th century new confederations emerged, such as Cluny, which were crucial in shaping Europe during the "Benedictine Centuries". They served as the foundation in which many different Benedictine convents sprouted from, up to modern day.
Sources: Saint Benedict Prayer Book, 2008, Bart Tesoriero