Prayer to St. Benedict

Put Christ before everything.Do not place absolutely anything before Christ - From The Rule of Saint Benedict
Prayer to St. Benedict
(Can be said as a Novena for Nine Consecutive Days)

Saint Benedict (c. 480-543), a man able to read consciences, prophesy the future, and to forestall the attacks of the devil, was born at Nursia in Sabina, Italy. Settling finally on Monte Cassino, he and his followers erected the monastery he was to make famous. There he wrote his Rule, which became the norm for all Western monks.

O holy patriarch, Saint Benedict, who didst establish monastic life in the Church of the West, thou hast been blessed both in name and by God's grace. At the close of thy glorious and fruitful life, having received holy Viaticum, and, supported by the arms of thy disciples, thou didst stand with thine hands lifted toward heaven and didst happily give up thy angelic soul into the hands of thy creator.

O blessed Saint Benedict, thou hast promised to defend zealously from the snares of the enemy those who call upon thee during their last struggle with death; protect me on this and every day of my life with thy holy blessing, that I may never be separated from our Blessed Lord and the company of the blessed in heaven. Amen.

      May the holy cross be my light!
      May the dragon never be my guide!
      Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities!
      What you offer me is evil.
      Drink your own poison. 

Crux sacra sit mihi lux / Non draco sit mihi dux
Vade retro satana / Nunquam suade mihi vana
Sunt mala quae libas / Ipse venena bibas

(Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be)

 O God, who made the Abbot Saint Benedict
 an outstanding master in the school of divine service,
 grant, we pray,
 that, putting nothing before love of you,
 we may hasten with a loving heart
 in the way of your commands.
 Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 one God, for ever and ever.


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