This is a rare antique religious medal. One side shows an image of Christ with His Sacred Heart exposed. The reverse shows the Blessed Virgin Mary holding a young Jesus in one arm and the scapular in the other.
History of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Brown Scapular
Our Lady of Mount Carmel gave the scapular to St. Simon Stock who was the Prior General of the order at the time of the revelation on July 16th, 1251. The Order of Carmel was undergoing great difficulties, and he prayed fervently to Our Lady for help:
“Flower of Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Mother of the Son of God. Amiable Mother, ever Virgin, give to thy children of Carmel the privilege of thy protection, Star of the Sea.”
Upon hearing this prayer, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon, holding the brown scapular in her hands and saying,
“This will be the sign of the privilege that I have obtained for thee and for the children of Carmel; whoever dies clothed with this habit will be preserved from the eternal flames.”
Our Lady told St. Simon that he only had to send a deputation to the Holy Father (Pope Innocent IV), and that he would not fail to assist the order.
All the baptized may receive the scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Through enrollment in the scapular, one acknowledges that he is called by God to be united in the spiritual family of Carmel, consecrated in love to the Virgin Mary. The Scapular of Mount Carmel is a form of the religious habit of the Carmelite Order, and it is a sign of a maternal relationship with the Mother of God. Those who are clothed with the scapular and entrust themselves to the Virgin Mary entrust themselves to her protection, have recourse to her maternal intercession, and are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life. The scapular garment is a reminder that through baptism we have been “clothed in Christ, with the assistance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who helps her children conform their lives to the Word Incarnate, that we may arrive in our heavenly homeland wearing our nuptial garb.”
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!