Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Opening PrayerPriest: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Priest: Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your Faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created.
People: And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Priest: Let us pray.
Oh God who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Priest: O Mary, conceived without sin.
People: Pray for us who have recourse to thee. (say three times)
Priest and People: O Lord Jesus Christ, who have vouchsafed to glorify by numberless miracles Blessed Virgin Mary, immaculate from the first moment of her conception, I grant that all who devoutly implore her protection on earth, may eternally enjoy Your presence in heaven, who, with the Father and Holy Spirit, live and reign, God, forever and ever. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who for the accomplishment of Your greatest works, have chosen the weak things of the world, that no flesh may glory in Your sight; and who for a better and more widely diffused belief in the Immaculate Conception of Your Mother, have wished that the Miraculous Medal be manifested to Saint Catherine Laboure, grant, we beseech You, that filled with like humility, we may glorify this mystery by word and work. Amen.
MemorarePriest and People: Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your assistance, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, our Mother; to you we come; before you we kneel, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your clemency hear and answer them. Amen.
Novena PrayerPriest and People: O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus and our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in your all-powerful and never-failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we your loving and trustful children implore you to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this Novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls, and the souls for whom we pray. (Here privately form your petitions.)
You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of your Son who hates iniquity. Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word and deed may tend to His greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where you are the Queen of angels and of men. Amen.
An Act of Consecration to OurPriest and People: O Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate, we dedicate and consecrate ourselves to you under the title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May this Medal be for each one of us a sure sign of your affection for us and a constant reminder of our duties toward you. Ever while wearing it, may we be blessed by your loving protection and preserved in the grace of your Son. O most powerful Virgin, Mother of our Savior, keep us close to you every moment of our lives. Obtain for us, your children, the grace of a happy death; so that, in union with you, we may enjoy the bliss of heaven forever. Amen.
Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Priest: O Mary, conceived without sin,
People: Pray for us who have recourse to you.(3 times)
Let Us PrayPriest: God, who left us in this wondrous sacrament a memorial of Your Passion, help us, we beg You, so to reverence the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood, that we may always experience the effects of Your Redemption. Who live and reign forever and ever.
The Divine PraisesBlessed be God.
Blessed be His holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints.
May the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved with grateful affection at every moment in all the tabernacles of the world even to the end of time. Amen.
The Medal of the Immaculate Conception, commonly called the Miraculous Medal, was manifested to a spiritual daughter of St. Vincent de Paul (now a Saint) Catherine Laboure. This took place in the chapel of the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity, 140 rue du Bac, Paris, France.
Sister Catherine, during her novitiate days, received extraordinary favors from God, such as visions of the heart of St. Vincent and manifestations of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. In 1830 she was blessed with the apparitions of Mary Immaculate to which we owe the Miraculous Medal.
Here, in St. Cahterine's own words is a description of the apparition of Our Lady on November 27, 1830, which makes it plain that the Medal originated with the Mother of God herself.
The front of the Medal represents Mary standing on the earth, her foot crushing the head of a serpent, and her hands out-stretched to all who ask her assistance. The prayer encircling her contains one of her most precious titles: "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." The rays of light from her hands symbolize the graces which she is only too eager to bestow upon those who wear the Medal and pray to her.
"Her feet rested on a white globe...I saw rings on her fingers...Each ring was set with gems...the larger gems emitted greater rays and the smaller gems, smaller rays...I could not express...what I saw, the beauty and the brilliance of the dazzling rays. 'They are the symbols of the graces I shed upon those who ask for them,' (a voice said)...A frame...formed round the Blessed Virgin. Within it was written in letters of gold: 'O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.'...Then the voice said: 'Have a Medal struck after this model. All who wear it will receive great graces; they should wear it around the neck...' At this instant the tableau seemed to turn, and I beheld the reverse of the Medal: a large M surmounted by a bar and a cross; beneath the M were the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the one crowned with thorns, the other pierced with a sword."
When St. Catherine related the vision to her confessor, he asked her whether she had seen any writing on the back of the Medal. She answered that she had seen none at all. "Ah!" said the good priest," ask the Blessed Virgin what to put there." The Sister obeyed and prayed to Mary a long time for this information. One day during meditation she seemed to hear a voice saying: "The M and the two hearts express enough."
The Medal was made according to Our Lady's design. It was freely circulated and in a short time was worn by millions. In its wake followed wonders innumerable. Health was restored, sickness banished; bad habits broken, special graces given; dangers averted, blessings bestowed - until the little Medal of the Immaculate Conception became known by the name it bears today, "the Miraculous Medal".
The Association of theMary's wish, expressed in the vision, is that all her children wear her Medal. To fulfill this wish, St. Pius X established the Association of the Miraculous Medal. Its purpose is "to render due honor to Mary Immaculate, first by sanctifying ourselves, and second by contributing to the sanctification of our neighbor by means of this Medal."
To promote this Association and to encourage people to become members, the following Indulgences have been attached to wearing this Medal:
Thos invested in the Medal by a priest may gain a Plenary Indulgence (under the usual conditions of Confession, Holy Communion and prayer for the intention of the Pope) on these days: the day of investing; the anniversary of the establishment of the Association, July 8; and these feasts - Mary the Queen, Aug. 22; St. Vincent de Paul, Sept. 27; Manifestation of the Medal, Nov. 27; St. Catherine Laboure, Nov. 29.
These Indulgences are applicable to the Souls in Purgatory.
To share in these Indulgences, a person must fulfill two conditions: 1) be invested in the Medal by a priest according to the official rite; 2) wear the Medal hanging from the neck on the breast.
The members of the Association incur no obligations, but are urged to repeat often the prayer on the Medal, "O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."
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