Meaning of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

To all those of you who are not familiar with the meaning of Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal I wanted to prepare us for the Mass on November 27 the Church will be celebrating in honor of the Life of the Unborn. Take time and really meditate on what this medal means and why Our Lady has left it for her children. If you do not have a Miraculous Medal consider getting one and having it blessed by your priest and wearing this beautiful sacramental around your neck to remind you that you are a child of Mary and the Church.

God bless you,
Hannah’s Tears Ministry






The Meaning of the Front Side
of the Miraculous Medal


Mary is standing upon a globe, crushing the head of a serpent beneath her foot. She stands upon the globe, as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Her feet crush the serpent to proclaim Satan and all his followers are helpless before her (Gn 3:15). The year of 1830 on the Miraculous Medal is the year the Blessed Mother gave the design of the Miraculous Medal to Saint Catherine Labouré. The reference to Mary conceived without sin supports the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary—not to be confused with the virgin birth of Jesus, and referring to Mary’s sinlessness, “full of grace” and “blessed among women” (Luke 1:28)—that was proclaimed 24 years later in 1854.


The Meaning of the Back
Side of the Miraculous Medal

The twelve stars can refer to the Apostles, who represent the entire Church as it surrounds Mary. They also recall the vision of Saint John, writer of the Book of Revelation (12:1), in which “a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars.” The cross can symbolize Christ and our redemption, with the bar under the cross a sign of the earth. The “M” stands for Mary, and the interleaving of her initial and the cross shows Mary’s close involvement with Jesus and our world. In this we see Mary’s part in our salvation and her role as mother of the Church. The two hearts represent the love of Jesus and Mary for us. (See also Lk 2:35).

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