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The Miraculous Medal: 190 Years (1830-2020) Yet Still Ever Miraculous.

"Oh Mary Conceived Without Sin, Pray For Us Who Have Recourse To You". These are the most beautiful & powerful words that consists of the Miraculous Medal and Devotion. As it were, it is one of the various Marian Devotions given by Our Lady The Blessed Virgin Mary; The Mediatrix of all Graces that the children of God may find or obtain Grace and succour on our Pilgrim Journey.

On the night of July 18 to 19, 1830, the Virgin Mary appeared for the first time to Catherine Labouré, a religious sister belonging to the order of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, and asked her to come and pray at the foot of the altar where the tabernacle rests.

A second apparition followed on November 27, 1830, during which the Virgin asked the nun to have the famous medal struck. The Mother of Christ appeared one last time to the French woman in December 1830.

As Catherine watched, the frame seemed to rotate, showing a circle of twelve stars, a large letter M surmounted by a cross, and the stylized Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns and Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. Asked why some of the gems did not shed light, Mary reportedly replied, "Those are the graces for which people forget to ask." Sister Catherine then heard the Virgin Mary ask her to take these images to her father confessor , telling him that they should be put on medallions, and saying " All who wear them will receive great graces.

Sister Catherine did so, and after two years of investigation and observation of Catherine's ordinary daily behavior, the priest took the information to his Archbishop without revealing Catherine's identity. The request was approved and medallions were designed and produced through goldsmith Adrien Vachette.

Far from being a “talisman,” the function of the miraculous medal is to help the faithful to remember “the love of Jesus Christ and to increase our confidence in his Mother’s help,” says the website of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The Virgin Mary is said to have “designed” the medal and to have attributed to it a “particular effectiveness.”

The people who wear it with confidence will receive great graces,” the Virgin said to the nun during the apparitions.

The chapel in which Saint Catherine experienced her visions is located at the mother house of the Daughters of Charity in Rue du Bac , Paris . The Incorruptible bodies of Saint Catherine Labouré and Saint Louise de Marillac, a co-founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul , are interred in the chapel, which continues to receive daily visits from Catholic pilgrims today.

Pope John Paul II used a slight variation of the reverse image as his coat of arms, the Marian Cross, a plain cross with an M underneath the right-hand bar (which signified the Blessed Virgin at the foot of the Cross when Jesus was being crucified).

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