Size: approximately 1 inch
Material: Sterling silver
This handsome medal shows St Bernard of Menthon gazing across the mountains while holding a staff. The inscription is in French and translates as “St Bernard Protect Me.” The reverse of the medal shows old-fashioned tools needed for mountain climbing and hiking.
St Bernard was born around 1020 in France to a noble family. He became a priest and devoted his life to converting and protecting the people of the Alps. He founded a hospice at the highest point in the Pennine Alps where the snow level could reach 40 feet. He and a group of dedicated monks cared for pilgrims who used the dangerous pass to reach Rome. They trained local herding dogs to assist in rescuing stranded travelers. These dogs are the St Bernard dogs that we know today. The hostel is still open today and is staffed by 35 dedicated monks.
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 Bernard is the patron of: