Traditional Catholic Latin Exorcism and Blessing of Saint Benedict’s Medal

One of the greatest protectors against the assaults of the devil is the St. Benedict’s Medal.  Champaigne_Philippe_de-ZZZ-Scene_from_the_Life_of_St_Benedict_The_Poisoned_Cup_of_WineIn order for it to have this power over the devil, it needs to be exorcised and blessed.  The Latin Exorcism and Blessing is:

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine  Domini.

R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.

Exorcizo vos, numismata, per Deum + Patrem omnipotentem, qui fecit caelum et terram, mare et omnia, quae in eis sunt.  Omnis virtus adversarii, omnis exercitus diaboli, et omnis incursus, omne phantasma satanae, eradicare et effugare, ab his numismatibus: ut fiant omnibus, qui eis usuri sunt, salus mentis et corporis: in nomine Patris + omnipotentis, et Jesu + Christi Filii ejus, Domini nostri, et Spiritus + Sancti Paracliti, et in caritate ejusdem Domini nostri Jesu Christi, qui venturus est judicare vivos et mortuos, et saeculum per ignem. R. Amen.

V. Domine exaudi orationem meam.

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

V. Dominus vobiscum.

R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus:  Deus omnipotens, bonorum omnium largitor, supplices te rogamus, ut per intercessionem sancti Benedicti his sacris numismatibus tuam beneditionem + infundas, ut omnes qui ea gestaverint ac bonis operibus intenti fuerint, sanitatem mentis et corporis, et gratiam sanctificationis, atque indulgentias (nobis) concessas consequi mereantur, omnesque diaboli insidias et fraudes, per auxilium misericordiae tuae, studeant devitare et in conspectu tuo sancti et immaculati valeant apparere.  Per Christum Dominum nostrum.   R. Amen.

Then the medal is sprinkled with Holy Water.

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This is the blessing in English:

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

In the name of God the Father + who made heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, I exorcise this medal against the power and attacks of the evil one.  May all who use this medal 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.  Amen.

Let us pray:  Almighty God, the boundless source of all good things, we humbly ask that, through the intercession of St. Benedict, you pour out your blessings + upon this medal.  May those who use it 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 you sight.  This we ask through Christ our Lord.  Amen.   (Then medal is sprinkled with Holy Water).

When asking for the St. Benedict medal to be blessed, many priests and people do not know that it needs to be exorcised and blessed with this prayer.  Most priests just bless it in the form of a cross.    So when you ask for your medal to be blessed, be sure to print up this blessing to have on hand and take Exorcised Holy Water along with you.  The priest may not want to do it in Latin so have the English one ready too.

It is a big sacrifice for us priests to continually be interrupted to do blessings, especially long blessings.  But that is what we are here for, to save souls and sanctify things.  Try to ask for the exorcism and blessing when you see that the priest is a little free.

Many times the St. Benedict’s medal is in a crucifix.  The crucifix has to be blessed too.  Here is that blessing:

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.

R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.

V. Dominus vobiscum.

R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus:  Rogamus te, Domine sancte, pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: ut digneris benedicere + hoc signum Crucis, ut sit remedium salutare generi humano; sit soliditas fidei, profectus bonorum operum, redemptio animarum; sit solamen, et protectio, ac tutela contra saeva jacula inimicorum.  Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

Oremus: Benedic, + Domine Jesu Christe, hanc Crucem, per quam eripuisti mundum a potestate daemonum, et superasti passione tua suggestorem peccati, qui gaudebat in praevaricatione primi hominis per ligni vetiti sumptionem.  (Hic aspergatur aqua benedicta).  Santificetur hoc signum Crucis in nomine Patris + et Filii + et Spiritus + Sancti; ut orantes, inclinantesque se propter Dominum ante istam Crucem, inveniant corporis et animae sanitatem.  Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum.  R. Amen.

The original author of this blog and passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.