Miraculous Medal (Marian Monogram)

The emblem at right is one of many examples of “Marian Monograms” employed by devotees of the Virgin Mary within the Catholic Church. This particular example appears on the reverse of the “miraculous medal,” based on a design received in a vision of the Virgin by St. Catherine Labouré in 1830. According to the legend, Theresa was directed by Mary to fashion the medal as a symbol of charity.

The intertwined cross and initial “M” are meant to illustrate the scene of Jesus’ crucifixion described in the Gospel of John, and represents Mary at the foot of the cross. The twelve stars depicted represent the twelve tribes of Israel. The two hearts are, respectively, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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Fleur de Lis


Dali March 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm

I have a pin that says Ave Maria and has a different version of this. There are only 8 stars and the 2 hearts are the same. Is this a different version or just someone mimicking the original version and not knowing its meaning?

Christine December 23, 2013 at 3:55 am

Thank you. I recently received this which was passed down.many.generations and I wanted to know it’s meaning. I appreciate it. God bless! Merry Christmas

Jim January 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

You missed the “I” in the “M” = Immaculate. The ” V” in the “M” = Virgin . The pillar in the “M” = 1st apparition (while still alive) in Zaragossa Spain to ST. James: The Cross is from Medjegore (everyday apparition) because of the base drawn below it like
the one on Cross mountain in Yugoslavia.

Anonymous March 6, 2017 at 12:07 am

You are correct.. I too have one given to me.

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