The Benedictine Jubilee Medal of Montecassino appearing on our newly painted ceiling.
A newly designed medal was struck in 1880 under the supervision of the monks of Montecassino, Italy, to mark the 1400th anniversary of the birth of St. Benedict. The design of this medal was produced at St. Martin Archabbey, Beuron, Germany, at the request of the prior of Montecassino. Since that time, the Jubilee Medal of 1880 has proven to be more popular throughout the Christian world than any other medal ever struck to honor St. Benedict.
The cross is prominent on the back side of the medal, as depicted in the medal painted on the ceiling. On the front side of the medal, St. Benedict holds the Holy Rule in his left hand and the cross in his right, the cross dominating the power of Satan represented by the snake below. St. Benedict kept ravens as pets. These birds miraculously helped preserve him from harm. One is depicted under the book in his left hand. Around outside front of medal Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur! May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death!
On both sides of the medal Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (front), CSPB (back) – the Cross of our Holy Father Benedict.
Bottom of front of medal Ex SMCasino MDCCCLXXX – from holy Montecassino 1880.
Top of back of medal, Pax, Peace.
Initials within cross on back of medal, Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux! – May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!
Initials around edge, back of medal (start at top), Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas!
Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!