St. Benedict was a religious reformer who lived in Italy in the late 400s and early 500s. He is known as the “father of Western monasticism,” having established a Rule that would become the norm for innumerable Christian monks and nuns. He is the patron saint of Europe.
Tradition holds that it protects from curses, evil and vice, protects against diseases and protects good health. The reverse side of the medal carries the Vade retro satana (“Begone, Satan!”) Sometimes carried as part of a rosary, it is also worn separately.
This beautiful Crucifix is finely hand made out of Olive Wood, the wood of the Holiest Tree in the Holy Land, made by some Christian families in Bethlehem, using the prunes of young olive trees, and the sprouts from the trunks of the old tree. No Tree was damaged or destroyed in the process of harvesting the wood. Olive Wood does not require much care. Olive oil is naturally protecting it from corrosion and changes of color.
It makes a unique and great holiday gift and any occasion for your friends and family.
size Large L 6.5 W 4.2 inches
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