An Act of Consecration to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
O Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate, we dedicate and consecrate ourselves to you under the title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May this Medal be for each one of us a sure sign of your affection for us and a constant reminder of our duties toward you. Ever while wearing it, may we be blessed by your loving protection and preserved in the grace of your Son. O most powerful Virgin, Mother of our Savior, keep us close to you every moment of our lives. Obtain for us, your children, the grace of a happy death; so that, in union with you, we may enjoy the bliss of heaven forever. Amen
(Pray 3 Times)
Brief History of the Miraculous Medal
The medal of the Immaculate Conception, popularly known as the Miraculous Medal, is unique among all medals. It was designed by the Blessed Virgin herself. Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure on November 27, 1830 in Paris and showed her in a vision the exact image to be placed on both sides of the medal. She then said, "Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck. Graces will be abundant for those who pray with confidence."
With approval of the Church, the first medals were made in 1832 and almost immediately the blessings that Mary had promised began to shower down on those who wore her medal. Soon all of France was calling it the "Miraculous Medal." Use of this medal spread from country to country and this very day is drawing down from God golden blessings for body and soul.
Pope Pius XII, on July 27, 1947, declared that "the Medal about which Mary herself spoke to her trusted daughter was made and was spread by millions in all walks of life and in all regions, where it was from that time on the instrument of numerous and extraordinary favors, both spiritual and corporal, wonderful cures, protection from harm, and above all conversions, so that the voice of the people without hesitation at once acclaimed it as the Miraculous Medal."
The Medal's rays of light from her hands symbolize the graces which she is only too eager to bestow upon those who wear her Medal and pray to her.
The Medal was made according to Our Lady's design and in short time was worn by millions. In its wake followed wonders innumerable. Health restored, sickness banished; bad habits broken, special graces given; dangers averted, blessings bestowed -soon the little Medal became know by the name it bears today, the Miraculous Medal.
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