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[[File:1280px-Miraculous medal.jpg|thumb|The Miraculous Medal, created by Saint Catherine Labouré in response to a request from the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1830. The text reads: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee — 1830.”]]
 
[[File:1280px-Miraculous medal.jpg|thumb|The Miraculous Medal, created by Saint Catherine Labouré in response to a request from the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1830. The text reads: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee — 1830.”]]
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On November 27, 1830, [[Mother Mary]] appeared to 24-year-old Catherine Labouré, a novice with the Sisters of Charity in Paris. In her account of the visitation Catherine reported,
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In the nineteenth century, in a Sisters of Charity convent in Paris, France, [[Mother Mary|Our Lady]] appeared to a young novice, Catherine Labouré. She gave Catherine the design for a new medal, now known as the '''Miraculous Medal'''. On the back are the Hearts of [[Jesus]] and Mary side-by-side under the cross, the sign of salvation.
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== The visitations ==
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On July 18, 1830, around 11:30 p.m., Catherine was awakened by a beautiful, luminous child dressed in white. The child led her downstairs to the sisters’ chapel, where the Blessed Mother appeared to her and spoke with her for over two hours. She gave Catherine the following promise:
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“When you have sorrows or troubles, bring them to the altar and lay them in the Heart of [[Jesus]]. There you will receive all the consolation and strength you need.”
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Mary next appeared to Catherine on November 27, 1830. Dressed all in white, she appeared standing on a globe with shafts of light streaming from her hands. Catherine described her face as being so beautiful that it would seem “impossible to describe her ravishing beauty.” An oval frame formed itself around Our Lady, bearing the inscription in letters of gold: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
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In her account of the visitation, Catherine reported:
    
<blockquote>I saw rings on her fingers, three rings to each finger, the largest one near the base of the finger, one of medium size in the middle, the smallest one at the tip. Each ring was set with gems, some more beautiful than others; the larger gems emitted greater rays and the smaller gems, smaller rays.</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>I saw rings on her fingers, three rings to each finger, the largest one near the base of the finger, one of medium size in the middle, the smallest one at the tip. Each ring was set with gems, some more beautiful than others; the larger gems emitted greater rays and the smaller gems, smaller rays.</blockquote>
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Catherine said Mother Mary explained to her that the gems “are the symbols of the graces I shed upon those who ask for them.... The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask.” In this apparition, the Blessed Mother detailed for Catherine the images she wanted placed on the front and back of what has come to be known as the “Miraculous Medal.She instructed Catherine that the medal was to be worn around the neck and said, “Graces will abound for those who wear it with confidence.”
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Catherine said Mother Mary explained to her that the gems “are the symbols of the graces I shed upon those who ask for them.... The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask.” In this apparition, the Blessed Mother detailed for Catherine the images she wanted placed on the front and back of the medal. She instructed Catherine that it was to be worn around the neck and said, “Graces will abound for those who wear it with confidence.”
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== The meaning of the medal ==
    
Mother Mary has spoken of her intent in releasing this dispensation:
 
Mother Mary has spoken of her intent in releasing this dispensation:
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The [[God of Gold]] and [[God Tabor]] have spoken of the value of wearing this medal:
 
The [[God of Gold]] and [[God Tabor]] have spoken of the value of wearing this medal:
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<blockquote>Your body temples must become adjusted to the vibrations of [[gold]]. Your children must become adjusted to its vibrations. And therefore it is well that they will carry the medallion of beloved Mother Mary of the Miraculous Medal, which focuses not only the gold of my consciousness but the Mother consciousness of gold in her protection and in the Electronic Presence of the Virgin Mother, whose golden consciousness was able to receive the Divine Manchild. And through this gold, you see, we anchor the immaculate conception of the Cosmic Virgin whereby your children and you yourselves may receive within your heart flame the true birth of the Divine Manchild, the Christ consciousness in this age.<ref>The God of Gold with God Tabor, “The Flow of Energy in the City Foursquare,” {{POWref|53|23|, December 1, 2010}}</ref></blockquote>
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<blockquote>Your body temples must become adjusted to the vibrations of [[gold]]. Your children must become adjusted to its vibrations. And therefore it is well that they will carry the medallion of beloved Mother Mary of the Miraculous Medal, which focuses not only the gold of my consciousness but the Mother consciousness of gold in her protection and in the [[Electronic Presence]] of the Virgin Mother, whose golden consciousness was able to receive the Divine Manchild. And through this gold, you see, we anchor the immaculate conception of the Cosmic Virgin whereby your children and you yourselves may receive within your heart flame the true birth of the Divine Manchild, the Christ consciousness in this age.<ref>The God of Gold with God Tabor, “The Flow of Energy in the City Foursquare,” {{POWref|53|23|, December 1, 2010}}</ref></blockquote>
    
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
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Elizabeth Clare Prophet, May 1, 1991.
    
{{POWref|31|3|, January 17, 1988}}
 
{{POWref|31|3|, January 17, 1988}}
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See John J. Delaney, ed., ''A Woman Clothed with the Sun'' (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., Image Books, 1960), pp. 77–78.
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John J. Delaney, ed., ''A Woman Clothed with the Sun'' (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., Image Books, 1960), pp. 77–78.
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