The Saint Benedict Crucifix necklace is a style of jewelry that typically features Jesus being crucified on the Cross on the front, and the Saint Benedict Medal on the back.
The Saint Benedict Medal contains symbols and text related to the life of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the founder of Benedictine monasticism.
This style of crucifix necklace is typically worn by those who follow and believe in Saint Benedict's teachings and theological approach.
Italian monk, called Benedict of Nursia, author of a rule for monks that became the basis of the Benedictine order, b. Norcia (E of Spoleto). He went to Rome to study, then withdrew to Subiaco to live as a hermit; after three years he was renowned for his holiness. He founded a community of monks made up of cells of 13 monks each. This he eventually left, and at Monte Cassino, in an old pagan holy place, he started the first truly Benedictine monastery, although the benedictine order did not come into being until Carolingian times. The fruits of Benedict’s experience appear in the Rule of St. Benedict (in Latin), which became the chief rule in Western monasticism under the Carolingians. The Cistercians also follow the Rule of Saint Benedict. The Rule’s 73 chapters are full of a spirit of moderation and common sense. They set forth the central ideas of Benedictine monasticism.
Saint day is July 11th.