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,
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.
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.”
Mother Mary has spoken of her intent in releasing this dispensation:
Many of you are aware of the power of the focuses of light that manifest in form in various ways as jewels of light. You will recall that in the last century, in the year 1830, I appeared to one to describe the Miraculous Medal. And in my appearance, I showed the jewels that I wear on each of my fingers, focusing the virtues of God that are to be in manifestation in man. And I gave to that sweet soul who communed with me the direction for having the Miraculous Medal made. And so it has been made, and it has been worn for over a century by those who believe in the power of the Mother flame.
Now you see there are always those who intend to make merchandise of men, and therefore, we of the heavenly hosts know that if we give a revelation that will impart some measure of income to those who are involved in it, given what the mortal consciousness is, there will be always someone who sees that he can profit from the credulity of the holy innocents. Thus, in giving the revelation for the Miraculous Medal, we have a means of focusing our image, our matrix, over the very heart of the faithful ones. For you see, it is only the faithful who would deign to wear a medal of the Virgin Mother or of Christ Jesus or the star of David or the image of the Buddha. And thus we seal each medal in the flame and in the fire of the perfect concept of the divine religion, the divine science and the protection of the soul for her incarnation. Thus, this is an action of talismanic magic, and we are able then with our blessings to circumvent those who hold themselves pious before men, those who perhaps read the ritual of the Mass, but have darkness in their hearts, and we reach directly the children of God upon earth. This, then, is the means that we are forced to use to reach directly the little children.
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.
Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 31, no. 3, January 17, 1988.
See John J. Delaney, ed., A Woman Clothed with the Sun (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., Image Books, 1960), pp. 77–78.
- Mother Mary, September 2, 1973, published in Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Age of the Divine Mother.
- The God of Gold with God Tabor, “The Flow of Energy in the City Foursquare,” Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 53, no. 23, December 1, 2010.