The Miraculous Medal: Visit the Shrine to See Historic Medals

28 Feb

catharineThe Miraculous Medal can often be found at the center of a rosary.  Unlike other medals, the Miraculous Medal was modeled after a design which Mary showed to a young novice, Catherine Laboure’, on November 27, 1830 in the chapel of the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, France.  Mary told Catherine, ” Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces”.

Although the medals now bear the date 1830, the first medals were not struck until 1832.

catharinegood This photo shows one of the first lot of miraculous medals which were cast in Paris in 1832.  As of 2016, only 10 of these original medals are known to exist. The example shown is housed at the Miraculous Medal Art Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

All miraculous medals bear the date of the original vision, 1830, even those made in the 21st century.  Buyers of rosaries and medals at estate sales often believe they are purchasing an item made in the 1800s when it may actually be a recently made item.  Buyers must use caution when attempting to purchase antiques.

catharine Those who seek the story of the Miraculous Medal and examine true historic items are encouraged to visit two sites in Philadelphia, the Miraculous Medal Shrine and the Miraculous Medal Art Museum. ( The two sites are within walking distance of each other.)  The statue shown above sits on the altar of the Miraculous Medal Shrine.  It honors the moment when Mary appeared to Catherine Laboure’ .  It is said that their first conversation lasted for two hours.

photo To learn more about Catholic medals, rosaries, crosses, and crucifixes read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference book published by Schiffer Publishing has over 200 color photographs of rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store online, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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One Response to “The Miraculous Medal: Visit the Shrine to See Historic Medals”

  1. Giovanna Lottes February 28, 2016 at 3:19 PM #

    I received a miraculous medal for a French prize when I was in High school and still cherish it to this day

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