The Medal of the Immaculate Conception
popularly known as the Miraculous Medal
was designed by the Blessed Virgin herself!
No wonder, then that it wins such extraordinary
graces for those who wear it,
and pray for Mary's intercession and help.
Our Lady manifested the Medal to
Catherine saw our Lady standing on a globe,
Framing the figure was an inscription:
Then Mary spoke to Catherine:
"Have a medal struck upon this model.
Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it
around the neck."
On July 18, 1830, the eve of the feast of Saint Vincent de Paul, whom she loved so much, and whose heart she had seen overflowing with love, St. Catherine prayed to him, so that her desire
On November 27 1830 at 5:30 pm, during meditation, St. Catherine saw at the present location of the Virgin of the Globe, a picture of the Blessed Virgin. Standing on a half-globe holding in her hands a small golden globe: her feet crushing a serpent. Coming from the open hands of the Blessed Virgin were beautiful rays of light and at that same moment St. Catherine heard a voice saying: These rays are symbols of graces that Mary obtains for people. Then an oval formed around the apparition and Catherine saw emblazoned in a semi-circle this invocation, until then unknown: O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee, written in gold letters. Then the picture turned and St. Catherine saw on the reverse side: the letter M surmounted with a little cross and below it the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Catherine then heard these words:
With approval of the Church, the first Medals were made in 1832
The devotion spread quickly; marvels of grace and health,
In 1836, a Canonical inquiry undertaken at Paris declared the apparitions to be genuine. There is no superstition, nothing of magic, connected with the Miraculous Medal. No one should consider it strange that God works wonders through a Medal. Does He not use water to cleanse the soul of original sin in Baptism? Does he not use oil to confer His graces in Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Sick? Similarly, He uses a Medal, not indeed as a sacrament, but as an agent, an instrument, in bringing to pass certain marvelous results. "The weak things of this earth hath God chosen to confound the strong."
On the front side of the medal we see the Blessed Virgin Mary
The year 1830 was shown inscribed on the globe at the base of the Medal, so it is clearly meant to convey some message. It can very well indicate the year which begins the final stages of the battle between the Woman and the serpent, between good and evil. It could be Heavens way of indicating the year opening the Marian Era. Our Lady is standing on the globe of the world. Marys hands are shown showering a cascade of brilliant rays on the world, as if she found them too heavy with graces and was eager to pour them on us.
Around the oval frame of the medal we read the words,
"O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse."
On the reverse side of the Medal we see a Cross,
Since the Cross is the symbol of Christs Redemptive Sacrifice,
So the "M" stands not only for Mary, but also for Mother.
On the Medal beneath the Cross and the "M" we see the two Hearts,
The two Hearts are surmounted by flames,
We can see then in the Miraculous Medal the vital role
Novena and Consecration may be prayed anytime, but especially during the Triduum Nov 24-26
Acknowledgment of content in part to Rev. Robert J. Billett, C.M.F.