Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The Church in Central New York founded and consistently fostered by the GLBTQIS community. Now in our 34th Year of Ministry.
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Benedictine Sisters and Brothers of Ray Of Hope Church


Another wonderful gift of God to Ray Of Hope Church is the option of living as a Professed Sister, or a Professed Brother in the Religious Life of your choice. Currently, Br. Benedict took Solemn Vows of Obedience, Stability, and Conversion Of Life in June of 1996. Benedictine Life lends itself particularly well to the charism of Ray Of Hope Church. St. Benedict brought to the Church a disciplined way of life where the Christian balances three axioms: Prayer, Study, and Labor. Benedictine Christians will find their spirituality to be very helpful when they are in Vocational Ministry at Ray Of Hope Church due to the fact that each Clergyperson has to be motivated and disciplined to do the work of God on their own. Our Clergy have to be so radically in love with Christ that they desire to do everything required of them (all the works of leading the Body Of Christ) with enthusiasm. Those interested in Benedictine Life should express their interest in becoming a Benedictine Sister or a Benedictine Brother. One can be a Benedictine Sister or Brother without being "Clergy."

The following is an introduction to the Saint Benedict Medal as has been traditionally used by the Order of Saint Benedict.

St. Benedict's Medal

The Saint Benedict Medal


St. Benedict was the father of Western Monasticism. He was born in Nursia, Italy, in 480. Beginning in 520, he founded twelve monasteries in the region of Subiaco. The foundation at Monte Cassino (529) became the cradle of his Order. His twin sister was St. Scholastica. Benedict died march 21, 542.

St. Benedict had a profound veneration for the Holy Cross and for our Savior Crucified. In virtue of the Sign of the Cross he wrought many miracles and Christ exercised great power over the spirits of darkness through St. Benedict's faith.

In consequence of the great veneration in which St. Benedict was held from the early middle ages, it followed that a medal was struck. 
Believers have worn the medal as a reminder that the Christian has exceptional powers against the demons of Hell in the Name of Jesus.

The Medal of Saint Benedict is one of the Sacramentals of the Church. A Sacramental is a symbol that is used to remind the Christian of a doctrine of faith. In this case the doctrine is "Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." (1 John 4:4). The medal of Saint Benedict also reminds the person wearing it that many thousands of women and men have lived their Christian lives following the example of St. Benedict since the 5th Century. The Church has been deeply enriched by Benedictines in all cultures and times, and even in many denominations of the Church of Jesus Christ.



Medal of St. Benedict

The front of the medal shows St. Benedict holding a cross in one hand and the book of his Rule in the other. Flanking him on each side are the words: Crux S. Patris Benedicti (The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict).

Below his feet are these words: Ex S M Casino MDCCCLXXX (From the Holy Mount of Cassino, 1880). On that date , Monte Cassino was given the exclusive right to produce this medal.
Inscribed in the circle surrounding Benedict are the words: Ejus in obitu nostro presentia muniamur (May his presence protect us in the hour of death).

The other side of the medal is where the real exorcistic force reveals itself. In the center is the Cross. Benedict loved the Cross and used it to drive away demons.

The vertical beam of the Cross has five letters: C.S.S.M.L., meaning Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux (May the holy Cross be for me a light).

The horizontal beam of the Cross also has five letters: N.D.S.M.D., meaning Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux (Let not the dragon be my guide).

The four large letters at the angles of the Cross: C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict).

Encircling the Cross in a circle around the right margin are these letters: V.R.S.N.S.M.V., meaning Vade retro Satana; nunquam suade mihi vana (Begone Satan! Suggest not to me thy vain things).

Around the left margin of the circle are these letters: S.M.Q.L.I.V.B., meaning Sunt mala quae libas; ipse venena bibas (The drink you offer is evil; drink that poison yourself).

At the top of the circle is the word PAX (Peace).


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St. Scholastica and St. Benedict

twin brother and sister.  The inspiration for

Benedictine women and men all over the world from

every denomination of Christianity.

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Saint Francis Of Assisi


St. Francis lived from 1182 A.D. until 1226 A.D. St. Francis is considered to be a real friend of the GLBTQS Community. He was a radical reformer who listened and followed the Holy Spirit. Francis knew and believed that everyone was called to the free gift of Salvation in Christ. Francis was totally convinced that God shows no partiality. "But in every nation whoever fears God and works righteousness is accepted by God." (Acts 10:34-35)

Francis was a perfect example of what Jesus meant when He said: "The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of their heart will flow rivers of living water." (John7:38) Francis was a flowing fountain of God's Love. What was his secret? Simply put, Francis loved Jesus so much that Christ was able to live through Francis. We look to St. Francis as our role model on how to accept and welcome all people in the Name of Jesus. It is true that many so-called "Christians" will not welcome us these days becuase of their pre-conceived ideas about our sexual orientations. Simply put, if the sexual orientation is different than their own, (very narrow-minded and poor presentations of heterosexuality - very unlike true and healthy Heterosexuality) it is forbidden, and the person is cast out.

In Christ, our response to this is: Though we may not be welcome in many communities today, everyone, absolutely everyone is welcome in our community. Francis showed the Church that by the power of Christ all things are possible. Francis showed the world that in God everyone is loved and equal. We thank God Almighty for St. Francis, and we ask the Holy Spirit to inspire us to follow his example of radical love for Jesus and radical yes to everyone who comes to us seeking Christ Jesus. 

It is our hope that Ray Of Hope Church will be gifted with Franciscan Sisters and Brothers someday in the future when the Lord Jesus calls women and men to this charismatic vocation.

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Saint Clare of Assisi (1194-11 Aug 1253) is considered co-founder of the Franciscan Family. In 1211, after hearing Francis preach the Lenten Sermon in San Rufino, Clare began to meet with Francis to discuss her vocation. On March 28, 1211 she left her father's house to receive her habit from Francis in the Porziuncola.

Clare went to live a cloistered life in San Dominano. After Francis's death, his body was brought to San Dominano so Clare could say goodbye to him.

Clare died on August 11, 1253, shortly after receiving a Bull from Pope Innocent IV granting her and her sisters the Privilege of Poverty. She was canonized in 1255, and her feast day is August 11. In 1958 Pope Pius XII proclaimed St. Clare the patron saint of television.

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St. Clare and St. Francis

holy friends in Christ

the inspiration for Franciscan women and men

all over the world of every

denomination of Christianity.

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