ST. BENEDICT TRIDUUM

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THREE DAYS OF PRAYER TO ST BENEDICT

St. Benedict, blessed by God both in grace and in name, Patriarch of Western Monasticism, and founder of the Order which bear his name, was born in Nursia, Italy, in 480 and died in 547.

As the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ was chief object of devotion among the first Christians, so was it also with St. Benedict.

It was this devotion to the Cross, the sign of our redemption, that gave rise to the Medal of St. Benedict, for devotion to the sign of our salvation.

The Saint often employed the sign of the Cross to work miracles and to overcome the devil and his temptations. Hence from the earliest centuries after his death he represented bearing the Cross of Christ and the Holy Rule.

First Day

O dear St. Benedict, because of your work as a father in the monasteries, certain evil people wanted to poison you.

You did not want to compromise the monastic ideals of silence and mortification; yet to their amazement, you drunk their poison and nothing happened to you.

Jesus protected you. We live in a world today that is heavily poisoned by pollution and degradation of our forests and seas.

Make us sensitive to the presence of these poisons and give us the wisdom not to be blinded by progress and easy money.

Inspire us to contribute our part in making our world a better place to live in.

Amen.

Pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be.

St. Benedict, pray for us.

V. Intercede for us, O holy father Saint Benedict, R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray:

O God, Who hast called us from the vanity of the world, and Who dost incite us to the reward of a heavenly vocation under the guidance of our holy patriarch and founder, Saint Benedict, inspire and purify our hearts and pour forth on us Thy grace, whereby we may persevere in Thee. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

Amen.

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