Apparition Week: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
In 1830 in a convent in Paris, Catherine Labouré was awoken by her guardian angel and led to the chapel where she met the apparition, a beautiful woman dressed in a flowing white dress. The apparition eventually told her to strike a medal in her honor. “Have a medal struck after this model. Persons who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.” The medal is a picture of Mary with the inscription: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
This medal has been worn by millions of Catholics who seek the protection afforded by the apparition. Sister Labouré died in 1876 – her body was exhumed 56 years later and found to be in remarkable condition. The French nun was declared to be a saint in 1947, and her incorrupt body is on display in the chapel where she spoke to the apparition.