Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico and a symbol of the country’s identity and Catholic faith. When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 and imprinted her image on his tilma, a cactus-fiber mantle, she did so recognizing the local beliefs of the Aztec people.
Whenever sterling silver comes in contact with air, over time it will tarnish or turn a dark color.
The 925 sterling silver mark indicates that the sterling silver item is composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% an alloy, which is typically copper.
In two of the St Monica medals in the Rosa Mystica Medals collection, we see a boat in the background. What is the significance of the boat?
Christian art and medals often depicts the four Evangelists by a figure: Winged Man (Matthew), Lion (Mark), Ox (Luke) and Eagle (John). Below are two medals from the Rosa Mystica Medals collection that show these representations of the four Evangelists.
The first time I saw a Black Madonna medal, my reaction was ‘Our Lady of ….what?’ The names and locations of many of the Black Madonna representations are not familiar to us; however, they represent a unique and intensely spiritual time in the life of the Catholic Church.
Often when we think of Catholic medals, we think of medals showing a saint, Blessed Mary or a crucifix. However some medals also show historical events. Below are four medals in the Rosa Mystica Medals collection which are saint medals but also a lesson in history.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a very popular Catholic devotional image and it consists of several symbols. The Sacred Heart Medal is to remind us of the Passion of Christ on the cross hence the crown of thorns.
The devotional theme for June is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is one of the most popular devotions within the Catholic Church. It began around 1672 when Jesus appeared to St Margaret Mary Alacoque and revealed to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart.