This beautifully rendered Catholic medal commemorates the apparitions of Our Lady of Beauraing, who appeared to five children in the village of Beauraing, Belgium between November 29, 1932 and January 3, 1933. In 1949, the Bishop overseeing Beauraing recognized two miraculous healings attributed to Our Lady and in 1985, Pope John Paul II visited the apparition site, met with the visionaries and their families, and celebrated Mass outdoors in the garden.
The face of this petite medal depicts the five children kneeling before Our Lady, who has just appeared to them in perhaps the very same garden. We see a fence between Mary and the children, and a lush tree to her right. Across the top of the medal are the French words, “Je convertirai les pecheurs,” which translates to “I will convert sinners.”
On the verso, amid a spray of lilies, is an inscription that translates to “Souvenir of Beauraing.” Most likely the medal was acquired at the site by someone on a religious pilgrimage. One of Mary’s messages to the children was to "Pray, pray much, pray always." The devotional smoothing and wonderful glow of this sweet medal tell me it was loved and actively used for prayer and meditation.
Testing reveals the medal to be made of silver alloy with lower than 800 purity. There is a maker’s mark on the bail that cannot be identified, even under a microscope. The hanging loop is closed and large enough to fit on a standard silver chain. The medal is also perfectly sized for a rosary, where it can inspire deeper prayer. A lovely addition to your collection of religious medals that comes boxed and ready for gift giving.
Weight – 2 grams
Dimensions – 5/8 inches
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