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.
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 Roch was invoked during plagues, and this is why he is considered the patron against plagues and epidemics.
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.
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.
Whenever sterling silver comes in contact with air, over time it will tarnish or turn a dark color.
The 925 sterling silver mark indicates that the sterling silver item is composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% an alloy, which is typically copper.
In two of the St Monica medals in the Rosa Mystica Medals collection, we see a boat in the background. What is the significance of the boat?
Christian art and medals often depicts the four Evangelists by a figure: Winged Man (Matthew), Lion (Mark), Ox (Luke) and Eagle (John). Below are two medals from the Rosa Mystica Medals collection that show these representations of the four Evangelists.
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.