This medal shows St Gerard Majella holding a crucifix and looking up to heaven. A skull is beside him to represent earthly mortality. The inscription is in Latin and translates as “St Gerard Majella Pray For Us”.
On the reverse of the medal is an image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a 15th century icon that is located in the church of Saint Alfonso di Liguori. The painting shows St Michael on Mary’s left and St Gabriel on her right carrying the instruments of Christ’s passion. She holds the baby Jesus in her arms and comforts him as he looks away from the instruments that will cause his death. Some believe that it is a copy of a painting of Mary and Jesus that was done from life by St Luke.
St Gerard was born in 1726 in Italy and was known for his extreme piety from an early age. He became a lay brother in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in 1749; and having been poor himself, decided his ministry would be to help the needy. He frequently gave away his own food and earnings and was known to have the mystical gifts of bilocation, prophecy, and healing. He was especially called upon by pregnant women and women in childbirth and had special powers to help them. He died at 29 and was canonized in 1904.
It 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.
Size: 3/4 inch
Material: Sterling silver
St Gerard Majella is the patron of:
Women who want to be mothers