Miraculous Medal Necklace
The pale, icy blue enamel is so beautiful. The medal measures almost 1 inch in length including the loop but not the bail ring.
The bail and chain are new. I decided not to oxidize them because the silver looks so pretty with the medal.
The sterling silver chain measures about 20" in length. The medal is marked "sterling" on the reverse side.
The Promises of the Miraculous Medal
During Our Lady's visit to Catherine on November 27,1830, rays of light flowed from rings on her fingers that were made of precious stones. However, some of the stones on the ring did not shine. Mary explained:
"These rays symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them. The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask."
Mary then spoke of the medal with these words:
"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."
The front of the medal is the representation of the Immaculate Conception and is complemented by that of the Immaculate Heart on the reverse of the medal. The former portrays Mary stainless in her conception; the latter shows her sinless ever after.
The reverse of the medal bears the images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This representation of the two Hearts, the one pierced with a circlet of thorns, the other by a sword, the two surmounted by the cross and the letter M, recalls the Passion and the Compassion. (From the Official Handbook of the Legion of Mary)