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                                                     Miraculous Medal


The following happened on Monday 27 November 1989. The meeting was only for the prayer group, at  Blue cross at 10pm.

This message was given to Marija, who was standing in for Ivan. Our Lady came joyful and she said:

"These days, I want you to pray in a special way for the salvation of souls. Today is the feast day of the miraculous medal, and I want that you pray, in a special way, for the salvation of those people who are carrying this miraculous medal. I want you to spread the devotion and the carrying of this medal, so that more souls may be saved, and that you pray in a special way."

In my diary, there is a picture of the medal from both sides and there is a story recounting the origin of this devotion and the prayers associated with it. This is how it began.

In 1830, Our Lady, Mother of God, appeared to a young novice nun Sr Catherine Laboure late at night in a church at Rue de Bac, Paris. During the apparition, she saw an oval-shaped light surrounding Our Lady. Around the top part of this light was written:

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

Then she heard a voice that said to her:

"Make sure that the medal is made like the model that you saw. The people who wear this medal with faith will have great graces, if the medal is blessed and they pray with devotion this short prayer"

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St Catherine said, "The medal suddenly turned around. On the other side of the medal, I saw the monogram of the most holy Virgin, made with the letter M, and above the letter M was a cross, and below were two hearts, the hearts of Jesus and Mary. I could see the difference because one of the hearts was crowned with thorns and the other was pierced by a sword. Around the medal were twelve stars.

Then everything disappeared and St Catherine remained kneeling in the dark church. Catherine told all this to her confessor, who after some time realised that she was saying the truth. Assured that the apparition really occurred, he went to the local bishop who was devoted to Mary. With the permission of the Bishop, the first medal was minted in 1832. At that time, the Archbishop Mecheina, who was not strong, was dying. That is why the bishop wanted to try the power of the intercession of Mary through the medal. He took the medal and went to the dying archbishop, but the archbishop refused him. Then the bishop went back home and started to pray:

"Mary, help. show your power through the medal as you promised."

He prayed a long time and asked for conversion. Just as he finished his prayer, they told him that the archbishop was dying and asking for him. He went and gave him the last rights. The archbishop died that night in peace.

After that first miracle, the journey of Miraculous Medal went through the whole world. Miracle, conversions and healing have been reported throughout the world. There are too many stories about miracles due to Mary through the Miraculous Medal to write about here.

Pope Pius 12th canonised Catherine on 19 July 1947. The bishop Sechauera permitted the reciting of the following novena on 1 July 1956.

Who is praying this devotion will receive blessings and great graces.

Priest: O Mary, conceived without sin,
   All: Pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

Priest: Lord Jesus Christ, born of your Holy Mother The Blessed Virgin Mary conceived without sin, permit us to ask for Her intercession and through it, find perpetual joy, and, grant us Your blessings which will sustain us.  We ask this of You who lives and reigns in all ages into eternity. Amen.

All: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.  O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in Thy mercy hear and answer them.

When this novena is prayed publicly in the church, it should be said in the following order.

  • 1. A song should be sung.
  • 2. Intention.
  • 3. Rosary.
  • 4. Invocation:
  • Priest: Oh Mary conceived without sin,
  • All: Pray for us who have recourse to thee.
  • 5. Consecration of the family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  • 6. Prayer to our loving Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
  • 7. Song.
  • 8. Most holy eucharistic blessing.

When you pray the novena by yourself, you should pray all the prayers from this devotion.


After Fr. Jozo was released from prison, he eventually was stationed at the
Immaculate Conception Church in Tihaljina, one of the poorest parishes in the
Mostar diocese.The church roof leaked, there was no phone service, and the
dirt road leading to the church needed repair.

Fr.Jozo realized that one of the treasurers to be found there was an
exceptionally  beautiful statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was a statue
of Our Lady of Grace, the image that appears on the back of the Miraculous
Medal which is an approved sacramental of the Catholic Church.

Fr. Jozo used this image in his Medjugorje Apostolate. Every pilgrim who came
to visit him at  Tihaljina received a portrait of this statue which had a
prayer or message on the back. We produced the first English version of a
portrait for him which had a consecration to the Blessed Virgin on the back.
Our pilgrim groups use to bring the portraits to him by the thousands to be
distributed to the English speaking pilgrims who visited with him at

Today, we still distribute the same portrait all over the world. We even
published a book about Fr.Jozo’s apostolate entitled, "The Story of a
Picture".  It tells about Fr. Jozo’s Medjugorje apostolate at Tihaljina and
the many miracles and graces that have been given through the use of this
picture in prayer, consecration, and devotion.

Our Lady of Grace said that many graces would be given to those who sought
her intercession and there is no doubt that her sacramental blessings are
event to those Medjugorje pilgrims and devotees who make use of her image in
their spiritual endeavors.

Some of our Medjugorje pilgrimages stop in Paris to visit the Shrine of the
Miraculous Medal before continuing on to Medjugorje. This provides pilgrims
with a unique way of integrating both Marian devotions.

Your servant in Jesus and Mary,

Charlie Toye, Director
Send Your Spirit Medjugorje Center
(Thank you Charlie for this e-mail)

I invite you to join a new email mailing list I have created called "mir_peace_shalom". This list will be devoted to discussion and sharing information on Our Lady of Medjugorje's messages, events in Medjugorje, meditations, posting prayer requests, submitting petitiions to be given to Our Lady, and glorifying God and Our Lady.  Members of the mailing list may start their own topics of discussion or respond to those posted by others.  Messages posted to the list will automatically be sent to all of the members on the list. 

This list will be operated through a mailing list service called ONElist.  To register with ONElist and join the mir_peace_shalom list, please:

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My hope is that this list will help to spread the messages of Our Ladyof Medjugorje and that we will be able to help each other in living her messages. 
The messages given by Our Lady on Fridays, along with other messages given by Our Lady, will only be sent to registered members of the Mir_Peace_Shalom mailing list.  The messages will not be sent separately to individuals not on the mailing list.

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