Miraculous Medal Center Rosaries

4 May
Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure' and gave her a vision of the Miraculous Medal.

Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure’ and gave her a vision of the Miraculous Medal.

The Miraculous Medal is perhaps the most popular of all religious medals. It is said that in 1830, Mary appeared to Catherine Laboure’, a novice of the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris. Mary showed young Catherine a design and asked her to have a medal struck with the image shown.

The front of the Miraculous Medal shows Mary and says, "O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee".

The front of the Miraculous Medal shows Mary standing on a globe and says, “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”.

The reverse of the medal shows 12 stars encircling a large letter M   under a cross.   Two hearts are beneath the M, one encircled by thorns and one pierced by a sword. The reverse of the medal shows 12 stars encircling a large letter M under a cross. ( The twelve stars represent the twelve apostles.) Two hearts are beneath the M, one encircled by thorns and one pierced by a sword.[/caption]

Sometimes individuals purchasing a rosary at an estate sale or auction see the date of 1830 imprinted at the bottom of the center medal and believe that they are buying an antique. That is often not the case, however, because all Miraculous Medals, regardless of when they were made, bear the date of 1830, the year of the vision. The vision occurred in 1830 but the first Miraculous Medals were not made until 1832 and they were not placed on rosaries until after 1880.

The pater medals ( Our Father medals) on this blue St. Catherine Laboure' rosary have images related to the vision of Mary.

The pater medals ( Our Father medals) on this blue St. Catherine Laboure’ rosary have images related to the vision of Mary.

The St. Catherine Laboure’ rosary has blue beads to honor Mary and medals between each decade that show significant events related to the vision this saint experienced. The rosary’s center medal represents the Chapel of the Apparition in Paris, the place where the vision occurred.

St. Catherine Laboure' is shown on the pater bead of this rosary.

St. Catherine Laboure’ is shown on the pater bead of this rosary.

Pater medals and the center medal of this rosary honor the vision St. Catherine Laboure' experienced.

Pater medals and the center medal of this rosary honor the vision St. Catherine Laboure’ experienced.

As we enter the month of May, we honor Mary and thank St. Catherine Laboure’ for bringing the Miraculous Medal to the church.

http://www.amazon.com/Rosary-Collectors-Guide-Gloria-Hoffner/dp/0764345354

To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide, a 152 page hardcover reference book by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner. The book is available in Barnes and Noble, Catholic Faith Store Online, and Amazon.com. If you have questions about rosaries, contact the authors at rosarycollector@aol.com

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One Response to “Miraculous Medal Center Rosaries”

  1. Relax... May 16, 2016 at 6:14 PM #

    A wonderful sharing!

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