Blessing of Throats & St Blaise

Legend has it that in 316 St Blaise, the bishop of Sebastea (modern Sivas, Turkey), was arrested during a period of persecution. As he was being led to prison, a mother laid before St Blaise her son who was choking on a fish bone. St Blaise prayed over the boy, and he was healed. As a result St Blaise is the patron of those suffering from throat ailments.

St Patrick Breastplate Prayer

According to tradition, he wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity.

St Valentine Medal

St Valentine

Saint Valentine was a priest and physician in Rome in the 3rd century and was imprisoned for ministering to Christians persecuted by the Roman Emperor. According to legend, Valentine converted the jailer by restoring sight to the jailer’s daughter.

Symbols of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico and a symbol of the country’s identity and Catholic faith.  When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 and imprinted her image on his tilma, a cactus-fiber mantle, she did so recognizing the local beliefs of the Aztec people.

Virgin Mary Rosa Mystica and Black Madonna Of Fourviere Medal

What is a Black Madonna? By Susan Monroe

The first time I saw a Black Madonna medal, my reaction was ‘Our Lady of ….what?’ The names and locations of many of the Black Madonna representations are not familiar to us; however, they represent a unique and intensely spiritual time in the life of the Catholic Church.