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.