This beautiful medal features King Louis IX of France holding the crown of thorns. This is to remind us that he built the beautiful chapel of St Chapelle in Paris to house this relic. The inscription around the edge is in Latin and reads “St Louis of France, King”. The reverse features a decorative cross with fleur-de-lys in the background. This inscription is also in Latin and reads “Hail to the Cross, Our Only Hope”.
Louis of France was crowned king at the age of 12. At his coronation he vowed to act as an anointed king, a father to his people, and a feudal lord of the Prince of Peace; and at age 19 he married Marguerite of Provence. The union was blessed with 11 children. He worked in France to build hospitals and provide for the sick and needy throughout his kingdom. Each day he invited 13 poor people to eat with him and provided meals for additional poor people who visited his castle, occasionally providing the food himself at the gates. He also brought peace and justice to France, uniting the nobles and peasants under his firm but just rule. He first fought in the crusades at age 30, and left his home again to fight in the holy land at age 41. He died there at the age of 45 and was canonized 27 years later.
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: A little over 3/4 inch
Material: Sterling silver
St Louis is the patron of:
Against the death of children