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 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 unique antique religious medal. The image is a detailed rendition of the altar found in the Shrine of Saint Philomena in Mugnano, Italy. The reverse reads: “Saint Philomena, Friend of the Sacred Heart, Pray for Us”.
Saint Philomena was a consecrated virgin who was tortured and ultimately martyred in the 4th century. There are many miracles associated with Philomena and she has been venerated by many other saints. She is the patron saint of infants, babies, and youth. Her feast day was traditionally on August 11, but she was removed from the liturgical calendar in 1961.
Condition: The silvered finish has rubbed off at the high points giving it a two-toned look.
This is a wonderful vintage religious medal. There is a small image of Jesus pointing to His Sacred Heart at the top and Our Lord appears to be looking down at Saint Christopher. The saint is shown carrying a young Christ as he fords a river. This is based on a story that St. Christopher once helped a young child cross a river. As he crossed the child became heavier and heavier. Once on the other side the child explained that He was the Christ and when St. Christopher carried Him, he also carried the weight of the whole world on his shoulders. Above this image is the prayer “Protect us St. Christopher”.
The reverse has a small image of the Madonna & Child and reads “I am a Catholic in case of accident notify a priest”.
The silvered finish has worn in many spots revealing the reddish base metal beneath, giving the piece distinct character.