Size: 5/8 x 1 inch
Material: Sterling silver
This medal features St Dymphna wearing a crown and holding a sword which was the instrument used in her martyrdom. The inscription says “Saint Dymphna Pray For Us.” The other side shows St Gereberne who was the Irish priest who baptized the infant Dymphna and accompanied her when she fled to Belgium. The Latin inscription is “Sante Gereberne Ora Pro Nobis (Saint Gereberne Pray For Us).”
Dymphna was born to a pagan chieftain and his Christian wife. Dymphna’s mother died when she was a teenager and Dymphna’s father left his kingdom to search for a new wife. When he returned empty-handed, he saw how Dymphna had grown to look like her mother and, mad with grief, made advances towards her. She fled with the family priest, St Gereberne, to Belgium with her father in pursuit. He father tracked them down, killed the priest, and in a rage, killed his daughter as well. An institution for the mentally ill was built on the site of her martyrdom and is still in operation 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 Dympha is the patron of:
Mentally ill people
Mental health professionals
Mental health caregivers
Against mental illness
St Gereberne is the patron:
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