This hard-to-find medal shows St Columba of France. She is pictured holding a palm branch, representing her martyrdom, and a sword, the instrument by which she was martyred. On the lower left is the head of a bear which featured in her legend. The reverse shows a dove which is the animal she was named after. The word “dove” in French is “Colombe” The dove is carrying a cross while the hand of God reaches down with a wreath of victory. The inscription translates from French as “Come my dove, heaven is open to you”.
St Columba was born in Spain in the 9th century to a wealthy Roman family. At age 16 she left home, became a Christian, and settled in France. Legend says that the Roman Emperor Aurelian wanted to marry her to his son. When Columba refused to marry a pagan, Aurelian sent her to a brothel; however when someone tried to rape her, he was killed by a bear who had escaped from a nearby amphitheater. In retribution Aurelian had her beheaded for her faith. Her body is buried beneath the Abbey of Sens in France.
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.
Size: 3/4 x 5/8 inch
Material: Sterling Silver