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Immaculate Conception ~ Murrilo
 

Our Lady of the
Immaculate Conception
and the Miraculous Medal

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We celebrate Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
with special chaplets and rosaries

Immaculate Conception Chaplet ~ Assumption of Mary

The chaplet, also known as the Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception, 
was composed by St John Berchmanns, SJ.  
He prayed it daily to obtain Mary's intercession.  
His desire was to never commit any sin against the virtue of purity.

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Some of our previous designs are shown below:


 
Immaculate Conception Rosary ~ Ave Maria medal

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Celestial blue abounds in this one-of-a-kind rosary!  The 9mm vintage Aves play a starring role --- blue opal givre shimmers with aurora borealis finish, accented by Swarovski spacers.  The sterling-capped Paters are 12mm firepolish of sky blue luster.  The striking centerpiece entwines the initials of Ave Maria around Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.  The rosary is completed with stunning openwork sterling crucifix.

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Immaculate Conception Chaplet ~ St. John Berchmanns

This chaplet honors the 150th anniversary of the Immaculate Conception, and St. John Berchmanns, SJ, author of this chaplet, with a special medal featuring St. John (above) and Our Lady on the obverse (see below).
Note: St. John Berchmanns is the patron of altar-servers.

A bouquet of roses for Our Lady!  The Aves are 8mm cloisonne, scattered with roses.  The Paters are 12mm handmade lampwork, roses swirling over gold-dust.  The chaplet is completed with a special 1.25" bronze medal, cast from an antique.

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Immaculate Conception Chaplet ~ Assumption of Mary

A summer bouquet for Our Lady!  Blue lace agate swirls with ethereal clouds like those which lifted Our Lady into Heaven.  10mm faceted rounds are complemented with 15mm handmade lampwork beads, lush with wild roses.  This limited edition chaplet is completed with an exquisitely detailed 1.5" sterling medal of the Assumption.

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Here in New England, August brings a countryside swathed in purple!  August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so I offer her this summer bouquet! The Paters beads, handmade lampwork, capture the vivid blossoms, just now appearing in the marshes.  The Aves are 7mm Swarovski in an ethereal Tanzanite color.  The rosary is joined with a bronze centerpiece featuring the Sacred Heart, with St. Rita (shown) on the obverse, and completed with a magnificent 1.5" bronze  medal of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, cast from an antique.

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Immaculate Conception Rosary ~ Centennial medal 1854-1954

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A special centerpiece honors the 100th anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception!  Cast from this 1954 piece, a detail from Murillo's Immaculate Conception is featured on  side; on the obverse are the Popes Pius of 1854, 1904, and 1954.

The Aves are 8mm amethyst firepolish with a gold picasso luster (barely evident in the photo); in the bronze-capped 25mm Paters, roses swirl over silver foil, encased in royal amethyst.  The rosary is completed with a magnificent 3" bronze crucifix.

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Crown of Twelve (12) Stars Chaplet ~ Immaculate Conception medal

"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." 
(Revelations. 12:1)

This Crown of Twelve Stars is resplendent with 12mm glass stars of celestial blue, shimmering with alexandrite AB finish.  The stars are complemented with sterling-capped 15mm crystals in alexandrite AB finish.  The Chaplet is completed with an exquisitely detailed 1.5" sterling medal of the Assumption.

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Immaculate Conception Chaplet ~ Assumption of Mary

The chaplet, also known as the Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception, 
was composed by St John Berchmanns, SJ.  
He prayed it daily to obtain Mary's intercession.  
His desire was to never commit any sin against the virtue of purity.

Shimmering blue chalcedony whispers of clouds which lifted Our Lady into Heaven.  The polished 12mm facetted nuggets are complemented with sterling-capped handmade lampwork beads featuring cameo-like white roses.  This limited edition chaplet  is completed with an exquisitely detailed 1.5" sterling medal of the Assumption.

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Your chaplet will packaged in an elegant jewelry box, 
with pamphlet describing the chaplet prayers .


Inspired by the beautiful prayer to Mary Immaculate
Totus Tuus
written by His Holiness, John Paul II.

This chaplet is offered in memory of John Paul II, and symbolizes the light he brought to the world, and the sorrow left by his passing.

Swarovski crystals of extraordinary cosmo jet capture both luminescence and darkness in shades of light sapphire, amethyst, and rose, veiled with black.  The Aves beads are 8mm, and the sterling-capped Paters are 10mm.   Mary is represented by an exquisitely-detailed sterling medal of Our Lady of Fatima: the kneeling children, the blades of grass, the fluffy cloud, and even the beads of Our Lady's rosary.

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The mission that God wanted to entrust to St. Catherine was made manifest to her on the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent.
It was the mission of making and distributing the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, now known as the Miraculous Medal. 
That day was November 27, 1830. 



Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception

The chaplet, also known as the Chaplet of the Miraculous Medal, 
was composed by St John Berchmanns, SJ.  
He prayed it daily to obtain Mary's intercession.  
His desire was to never commit any sin against the virtue of purity.

Method of Prayer
Begin with the sign of the cross
"In the name of the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit - Amen"

For each of the three sets of beads:
On the large beads, say:
"Blessed by the Holy and Immaculate Conception 
of the Blessed Virgin Mary"

and
Our Father
then on each of the four small beads, say:   
Hail Mary 
and conclude with:
Glory Be


The Crown of Twelve Stars

 

  St. John, the beloved disciple of Jesus and Mary, was privileged to behold a wonderful sign in Heaven: "A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars."   This gave rise to the Crown of Twelve Stars devotion which Heaven has blessed with countless favors.

On the medal:

Let us offer praise and thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity, Who hath shown us the Virgin Mary, clothed with the sun, the moon  between her feet, and on her head a mystic crown of twelve stars.

R. For ever and ever. Amen.

On the first large bead:

Let us praise and thank the Divine Father, Who elected her for His daughter.

R. Amen. Say Our Father.

On the small bead: 

Praised be the Divine Father, Who predestined her to be the Mother of His Divine Son.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary.

On the small bead: 

Praised be the Divine Father, Who preserved her from all stain in her conception.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary.

On the small bead: 

Praised be the Divine Father, Who adorned her at birth with His most excellent gifts.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary.

On the small bead: 

Praised be the Divine Father, Who gave her Saint Joseph to be her companion and most pure spouse.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary, and Gloria.


On the next large bead:

Let us praise and thank the Divine Son, Who chose her for His mother.

R. Amen. Say Our Father.

On the small bead:

Praised be the Divine Son, Who became incarnate in her bosom and there abode for nine months.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary.

On the small bead:

Praised be the Divine Son, Who was born of her and was nourished at her breast.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary.

On the small bead:

Praised be the Divine Son, Who in His childhood willed to be taught by her.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary.

On the small bead:

Praised be the Divine Son, Who revealed to her the mystery of the Redemption of the world.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary, and Gloria.

On the next large bead:

Let us praise and thank the Holy Spirit, Who took her for His spouse.

R. Amen.  Say Our Father.

On the small bead:

Praised be the Holy Spirit, Who, revealed first to her His Name of Holy Spirit.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary.

On the small bead:

Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whose operation she was at once Virgin and Mother.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary.

On the small bead:

Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whose power she was the living-temple of the ever-blessed Trinity.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary.

On the small bead:

Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whom she was exalted in Heaven above every living creature.

R. Amen. Say Hail Mary and Gloria.

 

~ From St. Joseph Calasanctius
Found in the Raccolta

 

The Mercedarians add the following Antiphon:

Let us praise Mary, who hath done so much for our good,
and let us say to her:
God hail thee, Mary,
Mother of Clemency,
Comforter of the Afflicted,
Redemptress of Captives.
Thou art the glory of Jerusalem,
thou art the joy of Israel,
thou art the honor of our people.
V. Remember thy congregation * , O Mary.
R. Which belongs to thee from the beginning.

Let Us Pray
O God, Who by means of the Most Glorious Mother of Thy Divine Son,
didst enrich the Church with a new religious family
for the redemption of the faithful of Christ
from pagan oppression, grant, we beseech Thee,
that we may be freed from our sins
and from the bondage of the devil
by the merits and intercession of her
whom we devoutly venerate as the founder
of so great a work.
R. Amen

Pray Hail, Holy Queen
(to be said for the Holy Catholic Church, for the propagation of the Faith, for peace among Christian peoples and the extirpation of heresy).

( * The congregation referred to in this prayer is the Order of Our Lady of Ransom [the Mercedarians], now called the Order of Our Lady of Mercy.  The Order of Our Lady of Ransom was founded by St. Peter Nolasco [c. 1189-1258] to ransom Christian slaves from the Moors.  In addition to the usual three vows, the Mercedarians took a fourth vow: to give themselves up, if necessary, in exchange for a slave.)


Totus Tuus, Chaplet to the Immaculate Conception

Based on the Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception ,
composed by St John Berchmanns, SJ, 
and the Totus Tuus prayer 
composed by His Holiness, John Paul II.

Method of Prayer
Begin with the sign of the cross
"In the name of the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit - Amen"

For each of the three sets of beads:
On the large beads, say:
"Totally yours, Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother" and Our Father
then on each of the small beads, say (one phrase per bead, as below) followed by Hail Mary
and conclude with Glory be to the Father... 

Totally yours,  Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother
1.  Live in me, Act in me, 
2. Speak in me and through me, 
3.  Think your thoughts in my mind, 
4.  Love through my heart,
Totally yours,  Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother
5. Give me your dispositions and feelings,
6. Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, 
7. Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, 
8. Possess my soul,
Totally yours,  Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother
9. Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself,
10. Incline me to constant adoration, 
11. Pray in me and through me, 
12. Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.

 

St. Catherine Labouré and the Miraculous Medal

By Rev. Robert J. Billett, C.M.F.

The Virgin Mary inaugurates the Marian Era

The night of July 18, 1830 was a night that changed the history of the world. It was the night that the Blessed Virgin Mary ushered in the modern Marian era. It had been almost 300 years since the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531. This night in 1830 Our Lady’s apparition began a series of Marian apparitions, manifestations and ecclesial events that were to succeed one another down to our own day. We can very well see why Pope Paul VI declared, "Our era may well be called the Marian Era." 

That night in 1830 was a blessed night. The Holy Mother of God began her plans with a twenty four year old novice in the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity, on the Rue due Bac in Paris. That novice, whom we now know as St. Catherine Labouré, was sleeping in her curtained bed in the dormitory with the other novices. She was awakened by her Guardian Angel, who called her softly several times. She awoke to see her Angel as an extremely beautiful child about five years old, whose vesture was dazzlingly bright. The Angel said, "Come to chapel; the Blessed Virgin is waiting for you."

In following the Angel to the Chapel, Catherine was surprised to find that all the lights were lit as if it were for Midnight Mass on Christmas. She was led toward the sanctuary and knelt by the chair that the Director used when giving conferences to the Sisters. Suddenly she heard the rustle of silk and saw a most beautiful Lady walking toward her. The Lady was dressed in an ivory-colored dress with a blue mantle and a white veil covering her head and draping down over her shoulders. She sat down on the Director’s chair next to Catherine. The Angel told Catherine, "This is the Blessed Virgin." Catherine leaned her hands on the Lady’s lap and looked into her Mother’s eyes.

Preparing Catherine for the mission

The Lady spoke, "My child, the good God wishes to entrust to you a mission." She told Catherine that she would have to endure trials in carrying out the mission, but she would have consolation in knowing that she was working for the glory of God. The Lord would be with her and would guide her. "Have confidence. Do not be afraid," The mission would be revealed at a later time.

The Blessed Virgin told Catherine that she loved the Vincentian Communities and promised to protect them, but she complained, urging that there should be stricter observance of the Rules, more fervor in praying, especially the Rosary, and less worldliness in their lives.

Sorrows for France

The Lady continued, "The times are evil. Sorrows will come upon France; the throne will be overthrown. The Cross will be thrown down and trampled. The Archbishop will be stripped of his clothes. Blood will flow in the streets. The side of Our Lord will be pierced anew. The whole world will be afflicted with tribulations." The Virgin appeared sad and could hardly speak as she said this. But as if giving a remedy, she pointed toward the foot of the altar and said, "Come to the foot of the altar. Here graces will be shed on all who ask for them. Graces will be shed especially on those who ask for them."

Our Lady specified other sorrows and tribulations that were to come: There will be victims in other Religious Communities and among the clergy. The Archbishop of Paris will be killed. The whole world will be in sadness. And she gave Catherine to understand that some of these things would take place soon, and others in forty years.

Our Lady’s predictions came true. The following week, on July 27, 1830, a revolution broke out in Paris. The King, Charles X, was dethroned. The mobs desecrated churches, destroyed statues and threw down crucifixes and trampled them. Bishops and Priests were imprisoned, beaten and killed. Archbishop Hyacinth de Quelen of Paris had to flee into hiding twice to save his life.

In another revolution, that of 1848, King Louis Philippe was dethroned and went into exile. Archbishop Affre of Paris was shot while trying to plead for peace at the barricades.

Then forty years later, in September of 1870, yet another French Monarch was toppled, Emperor Louis Napoleon III, through the Franco-Prussian War. Six months later a revolution broke out in Paris. It lasted only two months; but before it was over, the sorrows and tribulations that had been predicted by Our Lady would be a matter of history. Many churches in Paris were desecrated, including the venerable church of Our Lady of Victories. Sacred things were publicly profaned. Even the graves and bodies of the dead were not spared. Many priests, both Diocesan and Religious were arrested; and finally thirty of them were executed, including Archbishop Darboy. True to the promise of the Blessed Virgin, the Vincentian Communities were saved, although the Sisters went through some very frightful moments.

After having revealed these events to Catherine in 1830, the Blessed Virgin spoke to her about many other things which were for Catherine alone. Then Our Lady disappeared. The Angel, after having led Catherine back to the dormitory, also disappeared, just as the clock struck two in the morning. The groundwork for Catherine’s mission was now laid.

God’s mission is revealed to Catherine

The mission that God wanted to entrust to Catherine was made manifest to her on November 27, 1830. It was the mission of making and distributing the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, now known as the Miraculous Medal. That day was the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent. The Sisters were gathered in the chapel as usual for prayers at five-thirty in the afternoon. Suddenly Our Lady appeared to Catherine.

At first Mary appeared standing on a globe and dressed in white having with a long white veil which fell to her feet. The Virgin held in her hands, at the height of her shoulders, a golden ball which she seemed to be offering to God as she raised her eyes to heaven. Her fingers were covered with rings whose precious jewels sparkled brilliantly and showered down innumerable rays of light on the globe beneath her feet, almost obscuring the view of her feet. Mary lowered her eyes and looked directly at Catherine. Mary said nothing, but Catherine heard this message, "The ball which you see represents the world, especially France, and each person in particular. These rays symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them. The jewels which give no rays symbolize the graces that are not given because they are not asked for." Then the apparition changed.

Our Lady appeared with a white dress, a blue mantle, and a white veil which draped back over her shoulders. She was still standing on the globe, and had one foot on the head of a serpent which lay at her feet. The 1830 was marked on the globe. The Virgin had her arms and hands pointed downwards, and a cascade of rays was falling down from both hands onto the globe. An oval frame formed around the Blessed Virgin, and written around within it, in letters of gold, was the beautiful prayer, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you." This was the front side of the medal that was to be made.

Then the vision revolved to show the reverse side of the medal. Catherine saw a Cross with a bar at its feet with which was intertwined an "M." Beneath the "M" were the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, both surmounted by flames of love, one having a crown of thorns, and other pierced with a sword. Encircling all of this were twelve stars around the oval frame.

"Have a medal struck …"

Catherine heard the voice telling her, "Have a medal struck after this model. All who wear it will receive great graces. They should wear it around the neck. Graces will abound for persons who wear it with confidence." So this was the mission entrusted to Catherine: to see to the making of this medal and to spread its use. During 1830 and 1831 this vision of November 27 was repeated some six times to encourage Catherine in fulfilling her mission. She had to suffer much for this cause; first in trying to get the medals made, and then in trying to keep herself hidden, which she did for forty-six years till she died in 1876.

Catherine begins the struggle

Catherine spoke to no one about her visions and her mission except her Spiritual Director, Fr. John Marie Aladel. He was only thirty years old in 1830, and this was no small task that was thrust upon him. He and Catherine had many confrontations before the first medals were struck in June 1832. Eventually, at his request, Catherine wrote out three full accounts of her visions. She was a person of sound common sense, had a great eye for details and a gift for describing well what she saw and heard.

After almost two years of stormy discernment Fr. Aladel took advantage of a visit to Archbishop Hyacinth de Quelen of Paris in January of 1832 to discuss about his penitent, her visions, and the request of the Blessed Virgin for a medal to be struck. The Archbishop listened carefully and questioned Fr. Aladel in detail, and finally gave his permission for the medals to be made. He himself was very devoted to the Immaculate Conception of Mary and asked that he be given some of the first medals that would be made.

The first two-thousand medals were delivered on June 30, 1832. The spread of the Medal was almost like a miracle in itself. The first supply disappeared very fast. Pope Gregory XVI put one of them at the foot of the crucifix on his desk. The Redemptorist Founder of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in America, Fr. Gillet, had the design of the medal placed on his ordination card in 1836. The stories of the cures and wonders of the medal helped to spread its use far and wide. By 1836 the firm of Vachette had sold several million medals. Eleven other engravers in Paris had done the same. And four engravers in Lyons were hard pressed to meet the demands for the medal.

Canonical Inquiry

Archbishop de Quelen instituted a Canonical Inquiry starting February 11, 1836. The conclusions of the Inquiry were that the Medal was of supernatural origin, and that the wonders worked through it were genuine. This Inquiry helped win approval of the Holy See in 1895 for a feast in honor of the Medal, and helped in the process of Beatification and Canonization of Sister Catherine.

Wonders worked through the Medal

Archbishop de Quelen attributed to the Miraculous Medal the deathbed conversion of a publicly impenitent sinner, Baron Dominique de Riom de Frolhiac de Fourt de Pradt. The Archbishop had tried to see him on several occasions and had been rebuffed. So he took a Miraculous Medal with him, and was finally allowed in to see the Baron, who was so touched by grace that he repented and confessed his sins. The next day he received the Sacraments from the Archbishop and died in his arms in 1837.

Another of the stupendous workings of the Miraculous Medal was the conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne on January 20, 1842. On January 15 he had been prevailed upon to wear a Miraculous Medal and say the "Memorare." Alphonse was a staunch Jew, and had great antipathy for Catholicism. Yet on that day of January 20 he saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin of the Miraculous Medal in all her dazzling glory, and his whole life was radically changed. Cardinal Patrizi, the Vicar of Rome, after a careful investigation, received Alphonse into the Church on January 31, 1942. Baptizing him, confirming him, and giving him First Communion. Alphonse became a priest and spent some thirty years in the Holy Land as a missionary to his own people.

Death and Glory

Sister Catherine died on December 31, 1876. In 1895 her cause for Beatification was introduced in Rome. She was beatified on May 28, 1933. When her body was exhumed, after fifty-seven years of burial,, it was found to be completely incorrupt and supple. Catherine was canonized a Saint on July 27, 1947. This approval by God and the Church was like a seal on the apparitions of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

—From Mary's Touch #4



The front side of the Medal: messages and symbolism

On the front side of the medal we see the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Victorious Woman of Genesis. God Himself put enmities between the Woman and the serpent, a battle to be carried on "in that ‘monumental struggle against the powers of darkness’ which continues throughout human history." ( Mother of the Redeemer , #47, p.67; Pope John Paul II; March 25, 2007)

On the medal we see Mary Immaculate with her foot crushing the head of the serpent. "She who as the one ‘Full of Grace’ was brought into the Mystery of Christ in order to be His Mother and thus the Holy Mother of God . . . remains in that mystery as ‘the Woman’ spoken of by the Book of Genesis (3:15) at the beginning . . . " ( Mother of the Redeemer , #24, p.23; Pope John Paul II; March 25, 2007). In many other official documents of the Church and writings of Saints we find Mary referred to as this Victorious Woman of Genesis destined to crush the proud head of the devil.

"The Bible is replete with the mystery of the Savior, and from Genesis to the Book of Revelation, also contains clear references to her who was the Mother and Associate of the Savior." ( Marialis Cultus , #30, p.28; Pope Paul VI; Feb.2, 1974).

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 Heaven’s way of indicated the year opening the Marian Era.

Our Lady is standing on the globe of the world. Catherine could distinguish France in particular. In this we can see Mary both as the Victorious Woman and as the Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Mary’s 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. We can see her as our "Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix and Mediatrix. Of this intercession of hers for the People of God with the Son, the Church has been persuaded ever since the first centuries . . . " ( The Great Sign , Part I, p.4; Pope Paul VI; May 13, 1967).

Around the oval frame of the medal we read the words, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you." In this brief prayer we find the truth of (a) the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and (b) Mary’s intercessory power with God for us who ask for her aid.

 

Miraculous Medal

The reverse side of the Medal

On the reverse side of the Medal we see a Cross, the symbol of Christ’s Redeeming Sacrifice on Mount Calvary for the salvation of the world.

At the base of the Cross is a bar, which symbolizes the foot of the Cross. Intertwined with the bar is the letter "M" symbolizing the Mary’s intimate involvement at the foot of the Cross with her Son’s Redemptive Sacrifice. We see the "M" is below the line or foot of the Cross, signifying Mary’s subordinate role to that of Jesus. "This union of the Mother and her Son in the work of Redemption (cf. Lumen Gentium , #57) reaches its climax on Calvary, where Christ ‘offered Himself as the perfect Sacrifice to God’ ( Hebrew 9:14), and where Mary stood by the Cross (cf. John 19:25), ‘suffering grievously with her only-begotten Son. There she united herself with a maternal Heart to His Sacrifice, and lovingly consented to the immolation of this Victim which she herself had brought forth’ (II Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium , #58), and also was offering to the Eternal Father." ( Marialis Cultus , #20, p.19, Pope Paul VI, Feb.2, 1974)

It was also at the foot of the Cross that Jesus gave us, in the person of the Beloved Disciple, His own Mother to be our Mother. "Woman, behold your son; son, behold your Mother" ( John 19, 25-27). And the beloved disciple gives us an example to follow, so that we learn to take Mary into our homes, into our lives, into our hearts, as do loving children.

So the " M " stands not only for M ary, but also for M other. "The new Motherhood of Mary, generated by faith, is the fruit of the ‘new’ love which came to definite maturity in her at the foot of the Cross, through her sharing in the Redemptive Love of her Son. Thus we find ourselves at the very center of the fulfillment of the promise contained in the Proto-gospel . . . ( Gen . 3:15)" ( Mother of the Redeemer , #23-24; p.33; Pope John Paul II; March 25, 2007). "Mary’s mediation is intimately linked with her Motherhood." (ib. #39; p.54)

Since the Cross is the symbol of Christ’s Redemptive Sacrifice, we can also see a Eucharistic symbolism on the Medal. "To perpetuate down the centuries the Sacrifice of the Cross, the Divine Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice [the Mass], the Memorial of His Death and Resurrection, and entrusted it to His Spouse the Church" (cf. II Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium , #47), which the Church continues to do "in union with the Saints in Heaven, and in particular with the Blessed Virgin." ( Marialis Cultus , #20, p.19-20; Pope Paul VI; Feb. 2, 1974). In every Eucharistic Liturgy the Church involves the Blessed Virgin Mary, so befitting to her who stood heroically at the foot of the Cross uniting her sufferings to the Sacrifice of her Son, filling up in her body those things that are wanting to the sufferings of Christ, for the sake of His Mystical Body, the Church. (cf. Col. 1:24). In all of the approved apparitions of Our Lady there is a Eucharistic thrust. She usually asked for a church to be built, in which the Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Blessed Sacrament always have prime place. Mary always leads us to Jesus, and Jesus is especially present in the Eucharist.

On the Medal beneath the Cross and the "M" we see the two Hearts, the Sacred Heart of Jesus encircled with a crown of thorns, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. We see the prophesy of Holy Simeon fulfilled: the Son who was destined for the sign of contradiction, dying on the Cross, and the Mother pierced with a sword of sorrow beneath the Cross "so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed" ( Luke 2, 34-35). The union of the two Hearts foreshadows the message of Fatima: "The Sacred Heart of Jesus wants the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be venerated at His side." ( Lucia Speaks , III Memoir, World Apostolate of Fatima, Washington, NJ: 1976; p.137). "God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart." (ib. p.126)

The two Hearts are surmounted by flames, symbolizing the burning love with which Jesus and Mary accomplished the work of Redemption, each in their proper way. No greater love does one have than to lay down one’s life. (cf. John 15:13). "Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her . . . " (Ephesus 5:25-27)

Around the oval frame of the Medal, encircling the Cross, the "M," and the two Hearts, we see a crown of twelve stars. This can be seen as a reference to the "the Great Sign" in the Book of Revelation/Apocalypse; the "Woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." The Woman engaged in battle with the "huge red Dragon . . . the ancient serpent, who is called the devil, or Satan" (Rev./Apoc. 12:3 & 9) is the Queen of the Apostles, the Mother of the Church. "The enmity, foretold at the beginning, is confirmed in the Apocalypse (the book of the final events of the Church and the world), in which there recurs the sign of the ‘Woman,’ this time ‘clothed with the sun’ (Rev. 12:1). Mary, Mother of the Incarnate Word, is placed at the very center of that enmity, that struggle which accompanies the history of humanity on earth and the history of Salvation itself." ( Mother of the Redeemer , #11; p.16; Pope John Paul II, March 25, 2007)

We can see then in the Miraculous Medal a symbol of the whole history of salvation from Genesis to Apocalypse, and we can see the vital role that the Victorious Woman is destined in the final defeat of the devil. It is amazing how in such a small medal God can give us so many profound lessons. As is the case with all of God’s graces, it is up to us to humbly accept what He offers, as Mary did (cf. Luke 1:38), and to cherish and ponder it in our hearts, as Mary did. (cf. Luke 2:19 & 51)


LA VIRGEN DE LOS RAYOS

  ¡Oh! María, sin pecado concebida, 
ruega por nosotros que recurrimos a Vos.
 

Introducción:

Hemos querido compartir con ustedes, las oraciones a la Virgen de los Rayos, conocida también como la Virgen de la Medalla Milagrosa. Las oraciones se irán mostrando en las distintas páginas. Se incluyen la novena a la Virgen de los Rayos, el triduo (tres oraciones), la oración de Juan Pablo II y la novena a la Medalla Milagrosa. Recuerden que la medalla no es un amuleto, no es un talismán, no es para la suerte, sino que es una responsabilidad en nuestras vidas. Son numerosos los milagros que a través de la Virgen se hacen todos los días. Lo importante es pedirlos con mucha fe. La Virgen ha sanado a muchas personas, a conseguido embarazos imposibles, trabajos para los desocupados, etc.

CONSAGRACION A LA VIRGEN DE LOS RAYOS

Postrado ante vuestro acatamiento, ¡Oh Virgen de la Medalla Milagrosa!, y después de saludaros en el augusto misterio de vuestra concepción sin mancha, os elijo, desde ahora para siempre, por mi Madre, Abogada, Reina y Señora de todas mis acciones y Protectora ante la majestad de Dios. Yo os prometo, virgen purísima, no olvidaros jamás, ni vuestro culto ni los intereses de vuestra gloria, a la vez que os prometo también promover en los que me rodean vuestro amor. Recibidme, Madre tierna, desde este momento y sed para mí el refugio en esta vida y el sostén a la hora de la muerte. Amén.

La Santísima Virgen se comunica con Catalina Labouré.

En 1830 Francia atravesaba uno de los períodos más cruciales de su historia. Una nueva revolución era inminente, y la monarquía de los Borbones, recientemente restituida, estaba en peligro. Tal era el clima que se respiraba en París cuando la Santísima Virgen se apareció a Catalina Labouré (1806-1876), novicia de las Hermanas de la Caridad de San Vicente de Paul.  La noche del 18 de junio de 1830, fue la escogida por la Virgen Santísima para hacer entrega de sus cartas credenciales a la Venerable Hermana.

Para detalles, nadie como la propia Sor Catalina, quién así lo describe:

Era tanto mi deseo de ver a la Virgen, que me acosté con la confianza de que San Vicente había de conseguírmelo de la Señora. Serían no más que las once y media de la noche, cuando oí que me llamaban: "Hermana. Hermana, Hermana". Desperté; miré del lado por donde la voz venía. Corrí la cortina; y vi a un niño, como de cinco años que vestía de blanco; y así me dijo: "Ven a la capilla, que allí te espera la Virgen".

Tranquilizada por él, dime prisa en vestirme; y le seguí… No pequeña fue mi sorpresa, viéndolo todo iluminado como en la misa de Navidad. Sin embargo, la Virgen no se veía por ningún lado.

Arrodillada, esperé un largo rato, con miedo de ser descubierta. Llegó la hora. Y el niño me previno con estas palabras: "Mira, ahí tienes a la Virgen Santísima". Noté como un roce de sedas que se dirigía al lado del Evangelio, a un sillón que allí había donde normalmente se sentaba el sacerdote. Era la Virgen, quien se me ofrecía sentada. Creo imposible describir cuanto veía y ocurría en mi: algo así como un temor de verme engañada; y de que aquella a quien yo veía, no fuera la Santísima Virgen. Mas, el ángel de mi guarda -que no era otro el niño- me increpó un tanto severo y sin más dudar, me arrodillé junta a Ella y puse mis manos en su regazo"

Y allí, mano a mano, como de Madre a hija, "quiero, hija mía,  nombrarte por mi embajadora. Sufrirás no poco; mas vencerás, pensando ser todo para la gloria de Dios. Con sencillez y confianza di cuanto entiendas y veas".   

El 27 de noviembre de 1830, en la Capilla del convento de las Hijas de la Caridad, rue du Bac en París, la Santísima Virgen apareció a Santa Catalina Labouré por segunda vez. Ese día, la Reina del Cielo se manifestó con un globo a sus pies y sosteniendo en sus manos, a la altura del pecho, otro globo más pequeño que parecía ofrecer a Nuestro Señor con gesto de súplica. De repente, sus dedos se cubrieron de anillos y gemas de gran belleza que irradiaban fulgores que se esparcían por doquier... Ese día, la Virgen le revela a Catalina la misión para la que ha sido escogida:

«Este globo que ves representa al mundo entero, especialmente a Francia... y a cada persona en particular. Estos rayos son el símbolo de las gracias que derramo sobre las personas que me las piden». En aquel momento se formó en torno a la Santísima Virgen como un marco, un poco ovalado, en el que estaban escritas en letras de oro estas palabras: «Oh María, sin pecado concebida, ruega por nosotros que recurrimos a Ti». 

Entonces se dejó oír una voz: «Haz acuñar una medalla según este modelo. Las personas que la lleven recibirán grandes gracias; las gracias serán abundantes para las personas que tengan confianza...» Algunas de las piedras preciosas no despedían ningún rayo de luz... «Estas piedras que quedan en la sombra significan las gracias que se olvidan de pedirme». Al instante pareció que el óvalo daba la vuelta. Vi el reverso de la medalla; la letra M coronada por una cruz; debajo, dos corazones, uno rodeado de espinas y el otro atravesado por una espada”.

La Medalla fue acuñada por primera vez en 1832 por el confesor de Catalina, el Padre Aladel, con el permiso del Arzobispo de París. Apenas sor Catalina la tuvo en sus manos, dijo: "Ahora hay que difundirla", y exhortaba a llevarla con "devoción y confianza". Muy pronto la Medalla   dio grandes frutos de conversión y se la llamó “La Medalla Milagrosa”.

La Medalla encierra en sí, con su maravilloso simbolismo, toda la historia de la salvación, a la que María está definitivamente unida. Ella es la ‘mujer’ del Génesis, la que aplasta la cabeza de la serpiente. Ella está unida a la cruz de su Hijo: La “M” está coronada por la cruz. Ella es ‘la mujer vestida de sol que San Juan Evangelista describe en el Apocalipsis: Sus pies reposan sobre un semicírculo blanco, y la corona de doce estrellas, símbolo de la Iglesia de Jesucristo, circunda la “M” y los dos corazones ofrecidos por la salvación de la humanidad. Los rayos salen de sus manos porque Ella es la mediadora de las gracias que el mundo necesita para volver a Dios. La Oración: “Oh María, concebida sin pecado...” indica su privilegio de ser la Inmaculada Concepción. “...ruega por nosotros, que recurrimos a Ti”... significa que Ella es el recurso en estos difíciles tiempos que se inician a partir de entonces.

"Haz acuñar una medalla conforme a este modelo. 
Las personas que la llevan con confianza recibirán abundantes gracias".
 

Miremos la Medalla y descubramos en sus dos caras que se complementan el Mensaje esencial del Misterio de la salvación.  

Anverso de la Medalla

María Inmaculada, Madre de los hombres. María, mensajera, de la ternura de Dios, se muestra en pie. Viene hacia nosotros con las manos abiertas y en actitud de acogida. María es la sin pecado. Por eso aplasta la cabeza de la serpiente. Se lee una oración "Oh María sin pecado concebida rogad por nosotros que recurrimos a vos". Nos da a conocer que es la Inmaculada Concepción.

Reverso de la medalla

El proyecto de amor de Dios hacia los hombres. La M coronada por la cruz: María esta íntimamente unida al misterio de la Pasión y de la Cruz de su Hijo, desde el Pesebre hasta el Calvario. Dos corazones: el de Jesús y el de María. Representan la fuerza del amor que llega hasta la entrega total. María entró plenamente en ese Misterio de Amor de nuestra redención. Doce estrellas: Jesús estableció su Iglesia sobre el fundamento de Pedro y sus Apóstoles. María Estrella de la Evangelización. Los fieles la llaman "Medalla Milagrosa" proclamando así que es un signo, el signo de la protección maternal de María.  

Entre otras cosas, Nuestra Santa Madre nos enseña: Su Inmaculada Concepción, que ella revela por primera vez al mundo y que confirmará en Lourdes el 25 de marzo de 1858. Su Intercesión ,cerca de su Hijo. María es la suplicante suprema de la humanidad. Con Él y por Él, Ella intercede sin cesar por nosotros. Portar y aceptar la medalla es proclamar nuestra fe en la súplica omnipotente de nuestra Medianera Inmaculada cerca de Cristo. Por la mediación de la Santa Medalla se obtienen innumerables gracias de conversión, de protección y de curaciones. Hay innumerables testimonios de personas que han mejorados de graves enfermedades, como el cáncer y otras. También la Santísima Virgen ha ayudado a muchos matrimonios, imposibilitados de tener un hijo. En fin, son miles los casos que se pueden constatar de la intersección de nuestra Madre.

Lleva siempre la medalla, si te es posible conseguirla, sino imprime la de esta página y acompáñate de ella. Propaga la devoción a la Virgen de los Rayos, da a conocer las oraciones que encontrarás en este sitio, reza por los enfermos y afligidos y recita diariamente la siguiente jaculatoria:

 

¡Oh! María, sin pecado concebida, 
ruega por nosotros que recurrimos a Vos.
 


  SOR CATALINA  

 

[Estampa de Santa Catalina Labouré]

Nacida Sor Catalina Labouré, con lo mejor del año (mayo) de 1806, fue toda su vida sencilla y aromosa flor: galardonada en sus días con abundante rocío del Cielo. Tierna devoción a María, su aliento de toda hora. Muy niña (9 años) perdió a su madre. Fue entonces, cuando una criada de la granja la sorprendió encaramada sobre una mesa, y abrazando con todo el poder de sus, aún débiles brazos, a una imagen de la Señora. La iglesia parroquial de Moutiers -Saint Jean- fue testigo de sus anhelos eucarísticos. Desde el día de su primera Comunión (1818) se hizo "mística de todo en todo", cual decía con donaire su buena hermana Tonina. Por dos años hubo de luchar con el ingenuo rigor de su padre; para al fin, ingresar el 21 del mes de abril de 1830 en el Noviciado de las Hijas de la Caridad en París.   Ya en el Noviciado, comenzó a gozar favores extraordinarios del Cielo.


Coroncina della Medaglia Miracolosa

O Vergine Immacolata della Medaglia Miracolosa, che, mossa a pietà dalle nostre miserie, scendesti dal cielo per mostrarci quanta cura prendi alle nostre pene e quanto ti adoperi per allontanare da noi i castighi di Dio e ottenerci le sue grazie, soccorrici in questa presente nostra necessità e concedici le grazie che ti domandiamo. Ave Maria. O Maria concepita senza peccato, prega per noi che ricorriamo a Te. (tre volte).

O Vergine Immacolata, che ci hai fatto dono della tua Medaglia, quale rimedio a tanti mali spirituali e corporali che ci affliggono, come difesa delle anime, medicina dei corpi e conforto di tutti i miseri, ecco che noi la stringiamo riconoscenti sul nostro cuore e ti domandiamo per essa di esaudire la nostra preghiera. Ave Maria. O Maria concepita senza peccato, prega per noi che ricorriamo a Te. (tre volte) .

O Vergine Immacolata, che hai promesso grandi grazie ai devoti della tua Medaglia, se ti avessero invocato con la giaculatoria da Te insegnata, noi, pieni di fiducia nella Tua parola, ricorriamo a Te e Ti domandiamo, per a Tua Immacolata Concezione, la grazia di cui abbiamo bisogno. Ave Maria. O Maria concepita senza peccato, prega per noi che ricorriamo a Te. (tre volte).


 
 
 

Chapelet de l’Immaculée Conception

(Chapelet inventé en 1845 par un Père capucin, le dogme sera proclamé par Pie IX en 1854)

Voici comment le réciter :

On commence par le signe de croix    puis :

Sur les gros grains : 1 Notre Père

Sur les petits grains : 1 Je vous Salue Marie

Avant chaque série de 1 Notre Père et 4 Je vous salue Marie réciter l’invocation suivante :  « Bénie soit la Sainte et Immaculée Conception de la Bienheureuse Vierge Marie »

A la fin de chaque série de 1 Notre Père et 4 Je vous salue Marie , réciter 1 Gloire au Père.

 

 
 
 
 

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