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Can someone help translate the Latin formula used on the left side of the cross below. I already know the right side is the formula for Saint Benedict's Medal but the letters on the left still elude me. I'm assuming they relate to the Saint Benedict prayers of protection, because of what is known about it so far.

I believe the letters on the left are delineated by the Greek cross between some of the letters but that's just an assumption on my part. Anyone familiar with this representation of the St. Benedict's Medal or perhaps the formula on the left looks familiar to someone familiar with the Benedictine Order.

If it helps, the translation of the formula on the right is below.

CSS is found diagonal on the top, then ML-NDSMD going down from right center. C S S M L - N D S M D, initials of the words Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Non draco sit mihi dux! ("May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon (devil) never be my overlord!")

Then these letters are found on the crossbars (just to the right of the vertical phrase mentioned above) V R S N S M V - S M Q L I V B, in reference to Vade retro satana: 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!")

At the bottom the is CSPB, listed left to right and top down. C S P B in reference to Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti ("The Cross of [our] Holy Father Benedict").

Also possibly of note, it's on double cross bar often associate with a Caravaca or Crusaders cross with a Celtic design at center.

Benedict Formula

  • There is definitely Greek there, In Catholic Church's today there is a Mixture of Latin and Greek, for example INRI which you see on the bottom right and the inscription HCI which is geek. I found this esotericcatholicism.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/cross-of-lorraine – Marc Apr 24 '17 at 13:10
  • Thanks Marc, I think you might be onto something there. Perhaps the Greek Crosses on the left signify a Greek translation. So HCI is the Greek initialism for? – Naeco Apr 24 '17 at 19:13
  • The picture in the round window in the middle looks like a depiction of Rom 12:1. – Constantthin Mar 5 '18 at 5:12

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