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Catholic Medals: A Look At Some Of The Most Popular

Mar 28, 2012 by

The Catholic Church has been blessed with a beautiful tradition of religious medals. Catholic Medals actually find their origin in the Greek and Roman practice of wearing amulets to honor pagan gods, according to  Catholics have medals of all sorts with different designs, images, and graces. Many of these Catholic medals, when blessed, have been tools of performing amazing miracles as well as encouraging powerful devotion to the Lord. Furthermore, these Catholic medals also have beautiful prayers either inscribed on them or associated with them. These prayers invoke the intercession of the holy person/(s) the medal portrays. All of the different Catholic medals available can be overwhelming. If you would like a medal for yourself or a loved one, how do you know which one to get? How do you know which medal would mean the most to you or your loved one’s needs? I am going to briefly cover a few of the most popular Catholic medals.

Miraculous MedalThe Miraculous Medal

The Miraculous Medal is one of the most popular Catholic medals. The Miraculous Medal’s design was revealed by Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830. Our Lady told St. Catherine Laboure that all those who wear the medal will receive great graces. Today, many stories exist of conversions, cures, and other miracles on behalf of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal for those who have worn the medal. Many who wear Miraculous Medals are also familiar with the Miraculous Medal novena which invokes the intercession of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

Saint Christopher MedalThe Saint Christopher Medal

Saint Christopher medals are very popular and are generally worn for protection. The legend of Saint Christopher holds that he carried a small child with incredible weight across a terrible river. When St. Christopher asked the child why he was so heavy, the child explained that he was Christ and he was heavy due to the weight of sin. Years after this incident St. Christopher was martyred by pagans. Due to St. Christopher’s transportation of Christ across the river, he has been known as the patron saint of travelers for safe travel, and also the patron saint of sports for protection during sporting events. Today many St. Christopher medals exist for travel as well as various kinds of sports. They are very popular because they invoke the Saint’s intercession for protection and safety. The Saint Christopher novena is also a popular prayer used to invoke this saint.

Four-Way Holy Spirit MedalThe Four-Way Medal

The Four-Way Medal is one of the upcoming medals in the Catholic world. The Four-Way Medal is a large cross-shaped medal with a smaller medal at each of the four ends of the cross. Typically the Miraculous Medal , a Scapular medal, the St. Joseph Medal, and the St. Christopher Medal are included with an image in the middle of the cross. The image in the middle varies greatly from being something like the Sacred Heart of Jesus to the dove representing the Holy Spirit. This Catholic medal is a very popular gift idea as one is reminded of the Cross, various saints, and more, all in one medal.

These are just a few of some of the most popular Catholic medals. Many Catholic medals remember saints which also have novenas and rosaries used to invoke their intercession. What is your favorite Catholic medal? If your favorite Catholic medal is one different from these three, then please leave a comment about your favorite Catholic medal.