This is an amazing vintage religious keepsake medal. It was minted in celebration of Pope Pius XI’s 50th year as a priest. The front shows an image of the pope wearing the papal crown and giving a benediction. The Latin “In Piam Memoriam Jubel. L Sacerdotii P. P. XI” meaning (roughly) “In memory of the 50th Jubilee of the priesthood of Pope Pius XI”.
The reverse is an image commemorating the pope’s ordination in 1979. It shows his first celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The future pope is shown at the moment of consecration lifting the chalice high. There is an image of Christ above the altar and a depiction of the Vatican in a cloud above, indicating the future of the young priest. The words “Prima Missa Sacerdotis Ratti - 1879” meaning loosely “First Mass as an Ordained Priest - 1879”.
This is an amazing vintage keepsake medal. One side has an image of Pope Pius XII in profile while the other shows a cathedral door with the Latin “Annus Sanctus, Roma” or “Holy Year, Rome”.
Pope Pius XII has become well known for his heroic, often secret, actions taken to save lives during WWII. The canonization process was begun shortly after his death and he was declared “Venerable” in 2009 and only awaits the final declaration of sainthood.
This is a rare vintage religious medal. It is a commemorative medal celebrating the 1400th anniversary of Saint Gregory as well as the official crowning of the famous statue in Marsat in 1939. The image of Saint Gregory is surrounded with the words “Saint Gregory of Tours 539-1939”. The reverse shows the statue of the Black Madonna of Marsat with Christ in her lap and a crown hovering above her head. Surrounding them is the French “Our Lady of Marsat Pray for Us May 1939”.
This is a rare vintage religious medal. One side shows an image of Christ pointing to His Sacred Heart. “This is the Heart that loves men so much” is written in French above His arm and the artist’s mark “Penin” is below.
The other side shows a Pieta image of the sorrowful Blessed Virgin Mary with Our Lord’s Corpus in her lap. Surrounding the pieta is the French “Our Lady of Saint Germain of Fosses Pray for Us”
This is a captivating antique religious medal. The main image shows Jesus holding the scriptures and offering a blessing. The reverse contains a prayer in Old Church Slavonic, the liturgical language of the ancient Russian church. The Prayer reads “Save Our People O Lord”.
This is a beautiful medal of the famous Russian Saint Xenia. After the death of her husband, Xenia (also spelled Ksenia) gave up all her wealth and became known as a “Fool for Christ”. She spent her days helping the poor, and at night she would help at church construction sites, moving bricks to make building faster for the workers during the day.
This is an exceptional antique rosary for personal devotions. The crucifix is simple and elegant while the centerpiece incorporates flowing Art Nouveau styling. The centerpiece shows Christ and His Sacred Heart on one side and an image of Our Lady of Carmel on the other.
There is a beautiful two-toned medal attached close to the crucifix. It is a gold medallion of the Infant of Prague set against a silver background. The reverse reads “Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Dominican Fathers, Chicago Illinois” and is marked “Italy.”
The beads are luminous blue glass in a faceted diamond shape that catch the light. Both the centerpiece and crucifix are marked “sterling.”
Dimensions: Crucifix - 1.5" tall; St. Jude Medal - 1" dia.; Length - 19"
This is a wonderful antique religious medal. The central image is of a young child holding hands with an angel. The two are running or playing, and the child is pointing into the distance while the angel is pointing toward heaven. Around the figures is the French prayer, “Oh Holy Angel Be My Guide”.
The reverse shows a radiant star, representing Christ, above a wreath of lilies, representing purity. The outer edge is stamped in French, “Congregation of the Holy Angels”.
This is a captivating vintage crucifix. Christ is shown with His head slightly lowered, eyes closed, and an expression of sorrowful resignation. A striking sunburst, representing Grace, radiates from behind the cross. The chalkware corpus is mounted on a wooden cross with a metal sunburst. Beneath Our Lord’s feet is a medal of Pope Pius XI surrounded by images of the four Roman basilicas.
Pope Pius XI reigned from 1922-1936. He established the Feast of Christ the King in response to anti-clericalism and condemned racism in the encyclical “Humani Generis Unitas”, among other notable accomplishments.
Condition: The plaster is chipped in some places. Please see pictures.
Dimensions: 21.5” tall x 13” wide on a 7” x 3” base