Our Matte Gold 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" hammered finish cable chain with a decorative clasp that allows it to be removed and other medals added. You can wear it doubled and short, mid length or as a long layering piece with your other Whispering Goddess necklaces.
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. A silver Fleur de Lis hangs on the clasp so it can be seen when worn double.
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. Cross is 2.5 inches by 1.74 inches.
Length: 34" and also available in any length by special order..
Materials: Bronze & 22KT Matte Gold Clad