This is a stunning antique religious brooch. It is the scene of the apparition of The Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France. The Madonna can be seen in the grotto entrance with Saint Bernadette kneeling before her and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the background. This scene is on a central medallion resting against a beautiful filigree background. Absolutely gorgeous.
The Apparition at Lourdes
On February 11, 1858, a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette Soubirous witnessed the first of 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at a grotto near Lourdes, France. Soubirous described the lady as wearing a white dress, an equally white veil, a blue belt, and a yellow rose on each foot. Across her arm she carried a rosary.
In her messages at Lourdes, Our Lady announced that she is the Immaculate Conception, and she stressed the need for penance and for prayer for sinners.
This is a beautiful vintage religious medal. One side shows an image of Christ pointing to His Sacred Heart. The other side shows a beautiful image of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. Surrounding her is the French prayer “Saint Margaret Mary Pray for Us”.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was a French nun known for her visions. In 1673 she had a vision of Christ in which He told her to spread the devotion to his Sacred Heart. Her feast day is October 17.
This is a wonderful vintage religious pin. It depicts Saint Anthony the Great, also known as Saint Anthony of the Desert. He is shown with a large halo above his monk’s hood and carrying a staff.
Saint Anthony (circa 251- 356) is the most well known of the Desert Fathers and is considered the founder of monasticism. Saint Athanasius, his friend and biographer, wrote "Anthony was not known for his writings nor for his worldly wisdom, nor for any art, but simply for his reverence toward God." His feast day is January 17.
This is a unique religious devotional brooch. The center is a petite image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in profile enameled in beautiful bright blue. This medal is framed in pearly lucite on a gold finished background. Gorgeous!