Our Sterling Silver Cross of Saint Benedict (aka San Benito) is a sacramental holy medal that has been believed to repel evil for centuries. It hangs on a 34" etched cable chain with a shepherds hook that allows it to be worn an unlimited number of ways because the hook can be fastened on any of the cable links. You can wear it doubled and short of mid length as a lariat or as a long layering piece with your other Whispering Goddess necklaces. This necklace is made with our new enhancer bail that allows it to be removed and placed on your other Whispering Goddess designs.
The cross itself is timeless and according to the Benedictine Order of Monks "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 against evil" that is worn by the faithful to keep the wearer out of harms way. Saint Benedict was an Italian monk and founded the first Western Monastery. He lived from 480 AD to 547 AD. The cross has entwined thistle on each arm representing the sacrifices of a holy life. This rosary inspired necklace can be worn long or double wrapped. This beauty hangs 34" long including the cross. but is available in any length of your choice as well at other gemstones or crystal colors by custom order. If you need it shortened, just notate it at check out.
Length: 34" and also available in any length by special order..
Materials: Cross is Sterling Silver and chain is Sterling Clad
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