Size: Approximately 5/8 inch
Material: Sterling silver
This simple and elegant art deco style medal shows St Bernadette as she would have appeared during one of her visions of the Virgin Mary. It is interesting to note that the inscription simply reads “Bernadette Soubirous” without the words “Saint” or “Blessed”. This omission means that the original probably dates from before 1925, when St Bernadette was beatified. The reverse shows a panoramic view of the basilica of Lourdes.
St Bernadette was only 14 when she received a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes, France. Although she was an uneducated peasant girl, she spoke about seeing a “beautiful lady” who told her she was the “immaculate conception” (This was a recent church doctrine referring to Mary about which Bernadette could have had no idea!) Many people have been miraculously healed after bathing in the spring dug by Bernadette at Lourdes, and the grotto of her visions is still visited by thousands of people seeking healing today.
The medal was cast in sterling silver from an antique medal in the Rosa Mystica Collection so it shows all the beauty and history of the original piece. It comes with a matching holy card in an organza gift bag, ready for gift-giving, and was made in the USA
St Bernadette is the patron of:
People ridiculed for their piety