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 Midnight Vigil

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 "Listen and attend with the ear of your heart."
~ Saint Benedict ~

$65.50

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Mark 13:35


In the Liturgy of the Hours,  we meditate, at midnight,  on the history of salvation as it has progressed throughout the ages.  We are awaiting the arrival of the Master of the House, or the Bridegroom. During this time of prayer,  we are encircled in and supported by darkness and silence.


Black as the color of midnight, surrounds us through this vigil. The darkness may be tangible or it may be a time  in our lives  wherein we are experiencing  our own  personal  midnight. This rosary is dedicated to our waiting for the light of the Bridegroom. 

Black glass represents the darkness of night as we pray in waiting for our spiritual daybreak. The silver of sunrise is symbolized by the etched silver beads flanking each Pater. A Medal of Saint Benedict center and crucifix bring us further protection as we pray in silence awaiting our dawn. This limited edition rosary measures 21”. 

Your Midnight Vigil Rosary will be shipped in a fabric pouch and gift box.

$65.50 Including shipping within the US.

$80 including shipping outside the US



For information on the Saint Benedict medal and crucifix visit:

http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/CSPBMEDL.htm 

http://www.fisheaters.com/stbenedictmedal.html

Midnight Vigil
Origin of the Medal of Saint Benedict Medal

For the early Christians, the cross was a favorite symbol and badge of their faith in Christ. From the writings of St. Gregory the Great (540-604), we know that St. Benedict had a deep faith in the Cross and worked miracles with the sign of the cross. This faith in, and special devotion to, the Cross was passed on to succeeding generations of Benedictines.
Devotion to the Cross of Christ also gave rise to the striking of medals that bore the image of St. Benedict holding a cross aloft in his right hand and his Rule for Monasteries in the other hand. Thus, the Cross has always been closely associated with the Medal of St. Benedict, which is often referred to as the Medal-Cross of St. Benedict.
In the course of time, other additions were made, such as the Latin petition on the margin of the medal, asking that by St. Benedict's presence we may be strengthened in the hour of death, as will be explained later.
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 of exorcism against Satan, as will be explained below

www.osb.org/gen/medal.html

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