The Catholic Gift Shop: Three Medals to be Given Away

Have you heard the news over at The Catholic Gift Shop?

Tomorrow, Friday December 16th, The Catholic Gift Shop will be giving away three of their best selling medals.  All they ask is you visit their page on Facebook and “like” button, and become a fan of The Catholic Gift Shop. There will be three drawings: 10 am, 2 pm and 6pm ET.  The winners will be selected from the shop’s fan base on Facebook.

Right here, by clicking this link, you can become a fan of The Catholic Gift Shop.

All the medals will be shipped Friday night and will arrive in time for Christmas!

Here is the first medal to be be given away on Friday.

St. Christopher @ The Catholic Gift Shop

St. Christopher @ The Catholic Gift Shop

The Saint Christopher medal in particular has been one of the biggest sellers at The Catholic Gift Shop all year (these medals are all new in 2011).

Later, at 2pm ET on December 16th, The Catholic Gift Shop will be announcing the winner of the second medal give-away. The second medal to be given away, is a beautiful Sterling Silver Miraculous Medal. Each of the medals will arrive in time for Christmas, and will be shipped with an 18″ chain and arrive in a smart-looking gift box. Take a look:

These are terrific medals — which are on sale at The Catholic Gift Shop. The two sterling silver medals are being sold for $54.95 and the gold-filled Miraculous medal sells for $64.95. The Shop is giving them away for free.

Finally, at 6pm, The Catholic Gift Shop will be announcing the winner of the third medal, a gold-filled Sterling Miraculous Medal. And this medal arrives in a gift box along with a beautiful gold plated chain as well. Take a look at the third medal:

All they ask is you visit their page on Facebook and “like” button, and become a fan of The Catholic Gift Shop. There will be three drawings: 10 am, 2 pm and 6pm ET.  The winners will be selected from the shop’s fan base on Facebook. You can find their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/TheCatholicGiftShop

History of the Miraculous Medal

Saint Catherine Laboure was shown the plannings for the Miraculous Medal, also called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, through one of the many holy visions that she had a on regular basis. The particular vision that brought the world the Miraculous Medal took place in Paris, France in the year 1830.

The visions that Saint Catherine saw on such a frequent basis were typically of different saints or of God. She even sometimes saw Jesus, but that was on a less regular basis than the other visions she received. In 1830, Saint Catherine saw Mary for the very first time though and this is the vision that brought us the Miraculous Medal.

The Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine with a white sphere at her feet and a hand covered in rings made of beautiful jewels. These jewels were shining extraordinarily bright and it was truly a sight to see. Mary talked to Catherine saying that the shining lights were all the people who had asked Mary for help through prayer. Mary said that those who asked her for help would receive the grace they needed to be successful in their endeavors. However, some of the stones seemed to not be shining, and Mary explained the reason behind this. She told Catherine that all the people in the world who were suffering and not asking Mary for grace or help were represented by the jewels that were dull and not shining at all. An oval of bright light then encompassed Mary and lettering appeared in the air underneath her. It said, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you”. Mary made sure to state to Catherine that she wished for a medal to be made in this image that Catherine had in front of her. Mary’s intentions were that people would be reminded by the medal to pray to her and ask her for grace.

The Virgin Mary then disappeared and Catherine was left by her lonesome. Catherine saw an image on a table in the room though, and she quickly hurried over to see it. On the table she saw a large M with a cross through it, and below that there were two hearts. These two hearts are the hearts of Jesus and his mother Mary. This image is where the backside of the Miraculous Medal comes from.

Mary wanted herself in the image that she chose to be on the front side of the medal because she just wanted to have a way to get more people to pray to her and ask for grace. Mary just wanted to help people live their lives with as much grace and dignity as possible.

Saint Catherine did just as Mary instructed her to do. She had the medal made with the back as what she saw after Mary had departed, and the front as the image of Mary she had ingrained into her mind. The medal began being sold to the masses and more people became mindful of praying to Mary.

Pope Pius XII found it fitting that Catherine be canonized for bringing the Miraculous Medal to everybody. This took place in July of 1947.