Miraculous Medal

Front of Medal
Front of Medal

The Medal of the Immaculate Conception is more popularly known as the Miraculous Medal. On the front of the Miraculous Medal Mary is standing upon a globe, crushing the head of a serpent beneath her foot. She stands upon the globe, as the Queen of Heaven and Earth (Rev 12). Her foot crushes the serpent to proclaim Satan and all his followers are helpless before her (Gn 3:15).

This is very important to me because this past Christmas I gave all my nieces and nephews a copy of the Douay-Rheims Bible. This is important to me because Genesis 3:15 in the Douay-Rheims Bible says the serpent will "lie in wait for her heel". Most other versions including Catholic versions say that the serpent will strike back, not just lie in wait for her heel. This is a good time to note that the Douay-Rheims Bible was the first English Catholic translation of St. Jerome's translation of the Septuagint to the Latin Vulgate.

Also on the front of the medal Mary's arms are outstretched with rays of light streaming from her fingers. Below the figure of Mary is the year 1830 which has to do with the history of this medal as I mention below. Framing the figure of Mary is the inscription, usually in Latin "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."

Back of Medal
Back of Medal

On the back of the medal twelve stars (Rev 12) encircle a large M with a cross above it. Below this are two hearts with flames arising from them. One heart is encircled in thorns (the Sacred Heart of Jesus) and the other heart is pierced by a sword (the Immaculate Heart of Mary). The bar under the cross is a sign of the earth.

The M stands for Mary and the interweaving of her initial and the cross show Mary’s close involvement with Jesus and our world. This shows Mary’s part in our salvation and her role as mother of the Church.  No human being has played or is playing a greater role in God's plan than Mary.

Here's an image of the medal in gold.

Thanks to http://www.marys-touch.com
Thanks to http://www.marys-touch.com

History of the Miraculous Medal

The history of the Miraculous Medal starts in July of 1830 when Mary appears to Catherine Labouré, a nun of the Daughters of Charity in Paris. At this time Mary said to Catherine, “My child, I am going to give you a mission". In November of 1830 Catherine sees a vision of Mary while in meditation which turns out to be what is on the medal. During the third appearance of Mary to Catherine Mary said “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.”

With approval of the Church, the first Medals were made in 1832 and were distributed in Paris. Almost immediately the blessings that Mary had promised began to shower down on those who wore her Medal. Stories of grace and health, peace and prosperity, followed those who wore the Medal. Before long people were calling it the “Miraculous” Medal.

You can get this medal for free, whether you are Catholic or not from the Association of the Miraculous Medal. The Association has a more detailed history of the Medal. The Catholic Encyclopedia also has a good article on the Miraculous Medal.

God bless

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Its a beautiful medal with a great story behind it.

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Make Money 7 years ago from Ontario Author

Yeah for sure Lady_E. I just realized yesterday that anyone could get the medal for free from the Association so I had to post their link.

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homes88m 7 years ago from North Adams, MA

It really is a great thing, nice hub

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Make Money 7 years ago from Ontario Author

I agree homes88m.  Thanks.


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fierycj 7 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

I though I made a comment in here before. Did you delete it, Mike. I said this hub makes me feel like I should become a medal collector or something of the sort.

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Make Money 7 years ago from Ontario Author

No I didn't see another comment by you on here before fierycj. Well this medal or possibly one or two more wouldn't hurt. :-)

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hiihowareyou 7 years ago

Nice Medal! I don't have any:D

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Make Money 7 years ago from Ontario Author

Hi hiihowareyou. You can get a free medal from the Association web site above.

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santoion 7 years ago

Nice medal ! I will try to get one also !

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Lgali 7 years ago

another good hub thanks

kim carlo antonio 7 years ago

this is not ordinary medal that you easy to get becoz only hijas de maria member can also get this medal. this is simbolize of mary

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Make Money 7 years ago from Ontario Author

Yeah it's worth getting the medal.

Tina Irene 6 years ago

I have the medal. It was given to me by my maternal grandmother, who is also my godmother (may she rest in peace).

This is a very informative hub on the Miraculous Medal. Thanks for writing it.

jzc 6 years ago from west palm beach Fl.

I have it and have been wearing it for years. If you believe in the blessed mother she does protect you and help you in your life's journey. JZC

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Make Money 6 years ago from Ontario Author

Cool, two of my favorite writers on HubPages back to back say they both wear the Miraculous Medal. Now that's a good endorsement if I've ever heard one, not just for the medal but also for the Blessed Virgin.

God bless you both Tina and JZC. Again for anyone that reads this you can get the medal free from the link to the Association of the Miraculous Medal above.

Gods Child 6 years ago

I realy like the medal and its meaning. Do you know where i could find one? or is it given to you specialy?


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Make Money 6 years ago from Ontario Author

Gods Child you can go to the link to the Association of the Miraculous Medal at the end of this Hub above. You can request a free medal from them. Here, I'll post the link to the Association again for you. The information to get the medal is at the bottom of the first page.


FullyJoyfull 6 years ago

Thank you and God bless you forever.

I'm going to get use that link.

It is very much needed and appreciated!

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Make Money 6 years ago from Ontario Author

You are very welcomed FullyJoyfull. God bless you too.

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