September 29 is the feast day for the Archangels – Michael, Raphael and Gabriel.
St Michael’s name means “Who is like God?” This is the battle cry of the army of heaven. Michael in the above medal is shown driving a spear into a dragon who represents the defeated devil.
St Raphael’s name means “God has healed” because of his healing of Tobit’s blindness in the Book of Tobit. This medal shows Raphael walking with Tobias, Tobit’s son. Tobias is shown carrying a fish, which is used to cure Tobias’ blindness.
St Gabriel’s name means “God’s strength” and he is God’s messenger. This medal shows Gabriel with a raised finger as he speaks to the Virgin Mary. He is holding lilies, which represent the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.
Antique medals showing Our Lady of La Salette still can be found today, mainly in France. They typically show a woman with a tiara-type headdress. She has her head in her hands and may be showing speaking to two young children, or sometimes rising in the air as the children look on.