O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

November 27, Feast of Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal (Paris, France, 1830)

Those who wear the medal trustingly will receive great graces

ruedebac_sm-1On November 27, 1830, Our Lady appeared to Catherine Labouré in the chapel of the Rue du Bac in Paris, at 5:30 pm, during the prayer of the novices, under a painting of Saint Joseph (where the Virgin with the Globe painting now hangs).

The Virgin held a small golden globe surmounted by a cross in her hands. Catherine heard these words: “This ball represents the world, France and each person in particular.” Then, in a second scene, rays of light came out of the open hands of the Virgin, who wore rings on her fingers with precious stones, shining with a beautiful light. At the same time Catherine heard a voice saying: “These rays symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask me.”

medailleruedubacmr6ib6__004360600_1653_25062008Then an oval shape formed around the apparition, and Catherine saw this invocation appear in gold letters written in a semicircle: “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” And she heard a voice: “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it trustingly will receive great graces.”

Go here for an online tour of the chapel of the Rue du Bac

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2 Responses to O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

  1. kathleen says:

    This is a delightful article; I thoroughly enjoyed my “online tour” of the lovely chapel where the Miraculous Medal was first given to St. Catherine by Our Blessed Lady.

    It was especially joyful for me, after the disappointment I had last January when I was spending a few days in ‘gay Paris’. I had gone to the Rue de Bac in the hope of visiting the chapel, only to discover that they were doing some refurbishing work inside and visitors could not enter that day! The tourists were still able to obtain their Medals though by going round the corner to the church of St. Vincent, but it was a shame we were unable to visit the real one. (I have been wearing a Miraculous Medal on me since I was a child.) Now I really feel I have been there in person! 🙂


  2. Carmen says:

    I was so intrigued because I found a medal with those same words and i love it so much that i feel so blessed just to have found it


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