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The Story Behind the Medal
The history of this beloved medal is based on the?story of St. Catherine Labour??, who was given a mission by the Virgin Mary in Paris, France. Mary came to Catherine holding a golden globe, which was said to represent the world. As she clutched the globe, rays of light beamed from the gem-encrusted rings placed on her fingers. Some of the gems were not shining, and Virgin Mary said ?Those are the graces for which people forget to ask.?
She then told Catherine to have these images made into a medal that would allow those who wear it around their neck to receive great graces. Catherine did as she was told and brought the images to her confessor. The first medals were made in 1832 and Mary?s blessings soon started to spread across Paris.
The Miraculous Medal Meaning
A common misconception about the Miraculous Medal is that it?s a ?good luck? charm. Instead of luck, this medal’s power is evidence of the wearer?s faith and trust in his or her own prayers. Upon a closer look of the design, we can uncover the message St. Catherine received from Virgin Mary nearly two centuries ago:
The Front of the Medal
The image shows Mary?s arms outstretched with rays of light shining from her fingertips. The frame around the medal says,?O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Mary is seen standing on top of the globe in her place as the Queen of Heaven and Earth.
The Back of the Medal
On the backside of the medal you will find twelve stars. These stars are said to represent the twelve Apostles. As the first letter in Mary, the ?M? is connected to the cross to symbolize her relationship with Jesus and the world. The cross with a bar underneath represents Christ, our redemption, and the earth. Finally, two hearts that are dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Building Something Beautiful For God –
To Last A Thousand Years
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey is a Benedictine community belonging to the Solesmes Congregation and, like other monasteries of the Solesmes Congregation, is to be counted among the institutes entirely ordered towards contemplation. It was founded in 1999 from the Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault in France and is located in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clear Creek became an abbey in 2010 and counts 55 monks, who devote themselves to God alone in the hidden life, in silence and solitude, in constant prayer and willing penance.
After twenty years of existence, we are happy, by the grace of God, to have completed two large buildings and a sizable portion of our abbatial church. We started building the “Chapter House” to accommodate the growing number of monks and provide a Sacristy, Infirmary, classrooms and the Chapter itself. Please help us continue this arduous, but important work for the glory of God.
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey
5804 W Monastery Road
Hulbert, OK 74441-5698
Phone (918) 772-2454