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Inside the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Nov 27, 2015 By Gretchen Filz

Do you know the full meaning and history behind the most famous of all Catholic medals, the Miraculous Medal?

Located in Paris, France is the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. This chapel is the actual location where Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure and requested that a medal be struck with her image surrounded by the words, "O Mary, Conceived Without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee".

This is where Mary took on the new title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, which is closely related to the Immaculate Conception feast day on December 8th.

The Miraculous Medal truly has a fascinating history which you can read about here, including Our Lady's promise to those who wear her medal. In fact, the medal was named "Miraculous" due to the many miracles and graces Our Lady gave to its wearers, just as she promised.

Here is a little virtual tour of the holy site. Below is an image of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Paris with small numbers marking the significant spots inside the church. Listed below is what is located at each number.

Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal


1) Bottom left of the altar near the bottom of the photo:  This is the exact spot of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Catherine Laboure on July 18-19, 1830.  At that time July 19 was the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul. On the eve of the feast day Sister Laboure asked for St. Vincent de Paul's intercession that she might see the Blessed Virgin Mary.  At 11:30pm she was awoken by her guardian angel who told her to go to the chapel. After thirty minutes of praying, she saw the Blessed Virgin Mary sitting on the priest's chair.  St. Catherine knelt before Mary, placed her hands in Our Lady's lap, and a two-hour conversation ensued.

2) Statue to the right of the altar: This is a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a golden globe in her hands.  This is the exact spot where the Miraculous Medal was revealed in a vision to St. Catherine on November 27, 1830.

3) To the left of the altar: This is the shrine of St. Louise de Marillac, co-foundress with St. Vincent de Paul of the Daughters of Charity, the religious order to which Sister Catherine Laboure belonged.

4) Above the altar: Another apparition location where Our Lady revealed herself to St. Catherine for the third time in December of 1830.

5) Wall fresco surrounding the altar: This is the fresco depicting the apparition that occurred in this chapel on July 18, 1830 (mentioned in #1).

6) Near bottom right of image: This is the body of St. Catherine Laboure kept in a glass case near the altar.

7) To the far right of the altar:  This is the reliquary containing the heart of St. Vincent de Paul, through whose intercession Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure.

Miraculous Medal


If you don't wear a Miraculous Medal, you should! Our Lady not only personally designed this medal and requested its production and promotion, but she also requested that it be worn around the neck. Many graces are promised and given to those who wear it with faith in their hearts. November 27th, the date of the apparition of the medal, is the feast day of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal for the universal Church.

Have you been blessed by wearing the Miraculous Medal?  Do you have any stories to share with our readers?



This article has been updated and was originally published in November of 2012. © The Catholic Company. All rights reserved.


Karen Beaton
Karen Beaton says
Nov 28 2018 10:21AM
Our son Colin drowned June 30 2018. He was 31. He suffered off and on with depression and social anxiety that kept him from living a normal life. During this time he was having a mental health crisis. The result was him leaving in the middle of the night disoriented from lack of sleep food andcwithout his glasses. His body was found 6 days later in a small harbour. Months had gone by and I was wondering where his clothes and wallet would have went and was constantly hoping to find something belonging to him. One day I received a call that his jeans and wallet were found along the shore close where his body was found. My grieving was hoping Colin was now with the Lord as he had never rejected the Lord or an opportunity to have me pray for him. When I searched through his wallet I found tucked deep inside the miraculous medal I had given him and encouraged to keep it on him. Praise God because this gave me comfort for my son and our blessed mother for intervening.
GAVIN says
Sep 7 2018 3:20PM
Thank you for inspiring me. I was at the chapel with Father Richard O'Rourke a dear family friend who took me to the chapel 15 years ago when I went on vacation. I purchased a few miraculous medals. I have always been blessed and God has bestowed many blessings upon me. I live in Cape Town South Africa.
Sherman Jude Santa-Maria
Sherman Jude Santa-Maria says
Oct 2 2016 7:06PM
I forgot to mention too Gretchen in June I was praying very hard for a college who was staying with us to leave our home and so I turned to St. Jude my Patron Saint and he did not fail me.

Praise God, Mary and Jude.

I heartily urge all my Catholic brothers and sisters to make the Novena to St. Jude for his Solemnity on 28th October, the Novena starts on 19th October and ends on 27th October. I will be united in prayer with all of you.

God bless all of you and Mary Our Mother of Perpetual Help be with you.
Sherman Jude Santa-Maria
Sherman Jude Santa-Maria says
Oct 2 2016 7:03PM
G'day Gretchen, peace and blessings to you!

I have a great love and devotion for The Miraculous Medal and in 2011 or 2012, a very evil couple were doing evil to me and this started in 2007, but God and Mama Mary have always protected me and defeated this evil.

Anyway in 2011 or 2012, I had a dream and in this dream, Mama Mary told me this this person is still trying to harm w me with evil but Mary's Most Holy Name is protecting me and Mama also told me to hang her Miraculous Medal on the front grill of our home.

By God's grace I had a spare medal from Rue du Bac and so it is there now on our front grill. Praise God and Mary His Mother and ours too!

I did see too earlier on your web "The Patron Saints of Hopeless Cases". I have a fond and tender devotion to St. Jude and I am named after him - Sherman Jude are my Baptism names. In 2009 I was praying for a lost aunt who was "supposedly" presumed dead, and in 2011, she made contact with her children! St Jude and St Joseph had a hand in it!

God bless you in your work.

Yours in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith says
Jan 8 2016 2:07AM
My mother named me after St Catherine of Laborure. Just wanted to no more about her. God Bless Catherine Smith
Josephmary says
Aug 16 2015 6:04PM
I love mother mary forever in my life
Hi Gretchen.... I would like to say thank you for this very beautiful posting. About 10 days ago, I saw a very beautiful book written in Bahasa Indonesia which explains about Apparation, St. Catherine Labore, the medal, and all history about Miraculous Medal. I bought it. Many people, some of the time have a doubt feeling inside their heart about position of Our Lady in the ecclestical life, why we do pray trough her and why Jesus speaks to the world trough his mother. I hope all visitor of this site will read all of your beautiful and nice explanations. May Jesus bless you and Mother Mary guide you....

Warm regards and many greetings from Indonesia :)
Thank you, Guy!
Brenda Riche
Brenda Riche says
Sep 9 2014 10:43PM
For all those possible that are reading these messages,please pray for my 17 year old grandson that just entered the Marine Corps.He needs prayer for protection,for strength, and courage.I believe with all my heart that our Blessed Mother will keep her mantle wrapped around him. I have been praying the Rosary every day that he has been gone,and will continue forever,and look forward to when he returns after boot camp. Thanks in advance to all.
Thomas Allen
Thomas Allen says
Sep 9 2014 5:59PM
Is the actual chair Mother Mary sat in still there?
Hi Thomas, yes, the blue chair she sat on is still in the chapel.
Joseph John
Joseph John says
Jun 12 2014 11:26PM
Do not pray for worldly blessings. Those who receive worldly blessings

have already received their reward. Pray for guidance and succor and to know the guidance of God. These are the true fruits of prayer
Mary Agnes
Mary Agnes says
May 1 2014 2:15PM
Kindly pray for all my intentions.Especially for the healing of blood sugar,block in the heart and other healings which I require.Please pray to solve all my financial problems and to get my share of my father's property.For a very good job.For protection from my enemies, all dangers,sickness,accidents and from contagious diseases.For deliverance from all bondages,evil spirits and afflictions,from all curses and powers of darkness.For guidance in everything I do,in my resposibilities in my job and in all major issues in my life and in my relation with Moidu,Baby,Ajith and T.N.K.For the soul of my mother,soul of my father,souls of my grand parents, souls of all people died in my family. Mary Agnes
Linda Petote Martin
Linda Petote Martin says
Apr 9 2014 8:24PM
I took a wonderful pilgrimage to Rue de Bac recently, as well.

For a wonderful writing about the events that occurred there, enjoy reading; The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Miraculous Medal, Its Origin, History, Circulation, Results, by M. Aladel, C.M.

It is very detailed and includes the original writings by Saint Catherine LaBoure describing the apparitions exactly as she experienced them.

(Gretchen, please email me for an account of the healing miracle that saved my life through the intercession of Our Lady of the Globe, Virgin Most Powerful, Queen of Heaven.)
Lakin says
Feb 15 2014 4:35AM
Your photo and explanations are excellent for sending to others. Indeed, we have a Mother in Heaven, Mother of God and our tender Mother . Distribute the Miraculous Medal and wear it. Trust in her, she has and continues to help me and my family from much distress. "Mary, conceived without son, pray for us who have recourse to You" thank you
Ana Maria A Bacudio
Ana Maria A Bacudio says
Nov 27 2013 10:27AM
My trip to Paris to attend a conference with my husband was indeed a miracle from God.He sent us an angel to help us with our airfare to be able to go, through constant praying of the rosary.I have presented my research paper though I arrived on the 3rd day of the conference and through prayers was given a big discount in the conference registration.I was so depressed because we were not able to go to Lourdes as we have few euros pocket money left but because of God's love, He sent another angel who showed us the way to the Church of Miraculous Medal in Rue du Bac. We have attended two masses,prayed the rosary together,wrote our special intentions and felt the embrace of God and the Blessed Mother in this church.We bought 4 medals and a sister blessed them for us.As long as we live, we will wear this medal reminding us of the church where the Blessed Mother appeared. I now claim that all our prayers will be granted by God thru the intercession of our Mother.Praise God indeed!
Donald Abbinanti
Donald Abbinanti says
Dec 5 2012 9:52AM
My son had terminal liver disease and needed another one. My daughter gave him part of hers.

My other daughter had brest cancer, had an operation.

I had a serious anyurism and needed an operation.

Through the intersession of Our Lady, ALL came out fine. All operations and recovery were a success.

All within a year. I pray daily to Our Lady.

Believe in Her, pray to Her. She will help.

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at, she is also editor of the daily devotional email and author at She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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