Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The miraculous medal

In honor of the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Tuesday) and the feast of St. Catherine Laboure, (Wednesday). *

I've worn a miraculous medal since the early days of my marriage (a long time!) and wouldn't be without it. Wearing the miraculous medal is the most common devotion among Catholics after the holy rosary ~ and no wonder; its simplicity and beauty is so appealing. The miraculous medal is a reminder of and a pledge to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It's a powerful sacramental, filled with graces for the wearer.

When I'm nervous, or sometimes just bored, I have a habit of fidgeting with my medal. When I become conscious of what I'm doing, I say the words inscribed on the medal: O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee! It never fails to help. By remembering my Heavenly Mother, I may still be nervous, but I know, at least that I'm not alone. If I was fidgeting because I was bored, I'm reminded to use my time wisely in prayer.

O, Mary, conceived without sin,

Pray for us who have recourse to thee!

St. Catherine Laboure and the story of the Miraculous Medal
Novena of the Miraculous Medal

Devotion Prayer of the Miraculous Medal

Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate, I unite myself to you under your title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

May this medal be for me a sure sign of your motherly affection and a constant reminder of my devotion to you. While wearing it, may I be blessed by your loving protection and preserved in the grace of your Son. Most powerful virgin, Mother of our Savior, keep me close to you every moment of my life so that like you I may live and act according to the teaching and example of Jesus. Keep me as your faithful child that I may follow your example throughout life and enjoy heaven forever with you.

O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

*Reposted from 2009


SQUELLY said...

I love mine! I got it for my first holy communion. I've lost it twice and it has come back to be twice. Such a gift to us from Our Blessed Mother.http://thedreamersday.blogspot.com/search/label/thanks

Aubrey said...

Thank you for the links and background. I also wear one which was given to me by a priest who received it from Mother Teresa.

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