Meticulously crafted with artistic skill, this 13x10mm oval porcelain Miraculous Medal, originally known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, acquired its enduring name due to numerous reports of miracles experienced by its wearers. This devotional medal, also referred to as the Medal of Our Lady of Graces, features a design inspired by Catherine Labouré's apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Paris, France —1830.
Crafted in 14K Gold / Porcelain
In 1830, Catherine Labouré had a series of apparitions that played a pivotal role in the creation of the Miraculous Medal. On July 18, she heard a child's voice calling her to the chapel, where the Virgin Mary appeared and conveyed a divine mission to her. The Virgin Mary assured Catherine that she would face opposition but should not fear, as she would be granted the necessary grace to fulfill her mission. Mary urged Catherine to confide in her spiritual director, emphasizing the troubled times in France and the world.
Then, on November 27, 1830, during evening meditations, Catherine experienced another encounter with the Blessed Mother. The Virgin Mary appeared within an oval frame, standing on a globe, adorned with radiant gem-set rings that emitted light. Encircling the frame were the words "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." As Catherine observed, the frame transformed, revealing a circle of twelve stars, the letter M with a cross above it, the Sacred Heart of Jesus with a crown of thorns, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced by a sword. When Catherine inquired about the dimly shining gems, Mary explained that they represented graces people often forget to ask for. Mary instructed Catherine to present these images to her father confessor and advised him to put them on medallions, assuring that all who wore them would receive abundant graces.