Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Medal of the Immaculate Conception

November 27 marks the feast of the Miraculous Medal, otherwise known as the medal of the Immaculate Conception. Though the feast honors the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the memorial commemorates the anniversary of the apparition of the Mother of God to St. Catherine Laboure in Paris in 1830, wherein Our Lady showed the nun the medal she wished to be made for those to wear seeking her aid and protection. The Blessed Virgin 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.” Countless miracles followed, hence the name, the Miraculous Medal. The story here.
"O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."
In 12 days the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.


  1. Please let me write few words in spanish,

    Oh María sin pecado concebida, rogad por nosotros que recurrimos a Vos.


  2. “Those who wear it will receive great graces...”

    Any examples of the ‘miraculous’ graces?

    1. Yes indeed - google Alphonse Ratisbonne for one. The reason it is called the Miraculous Medal is because of so many miracles. Try to google miracles of the miraculous medal and see what you find.

    2. It”s the annivesary of my mother-in-law today. Born and died on November 27. Not a Catholic, not even a church-goer, but I have two wonderful stories relating to her death and a connection to the medal she was given about a month before she died. (too long to publish here).

      A good friend of mine, again not a Catholic or church-goer, was given two months to live (cancer). I gave him a medal and he experienced a miraculous cure. First x-ray showed cancer had entered his bones. Second x-ray clear. Third x-ray clear. Lived for a further seven years and in the meantime bought himself a bar in Spain.

      A friend of my wife – I hardly knew her (not my wife!) – was struck with cancer. After retiring she emigrated to Canada to live with her daughter. I sent her a medal on hearing about her illness. Her daughter rang me a few months later to tell me her mother had died but had received the last rites from a priest? I didn’t know she was Catholic. Her daughter said that when her mother received the medal she started going to Church (she was 70). She hadn’t been inside a church since she was 17. When she got the medal, she wrote me and asked me to send medals to her brothers and sisters back home without giving me a reason.

      I have many more personal experiences of the power of the promises associated with this medal, especially cancer cures.

    3. Thanks very much for sharing those stories. Happy feast day!


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