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Our Lady of Fatima Medals

Our Lady of Fatima is sometimes referred to as Our Lady of the Rosary.  She is none other than the Virgin Mary herself who was said to have appeared six times over a period of six months in 1917, during the First World War, to three shepherd children in the village of Fatima, Portugal.  It is said that she had a message from God for every man, woman and child and that was to pray to the rosary and it will bring peace and everlasting life. The visions at Fatima were officially declared "worthy of belief" in October 1930 by the Bishop of Leiria-Fátima and many people have since worn an Our Lady of Fatima medal.

On an Our Lady of Fatima medal, the Blessed virgin is usually depicted in a robe, which can be of many different colors, and appears to be floating above the clouds at her feet.  Sometimes the three shepherd children are shown around her, either standing or sitting at her feet and sometimes there are also sheep.  The medal usually has the name, Our Lady of Fatima, inscribed in a bevel around the image, which can be plain or scalloped, as well as the words, pray for us.  The Blessed Virgin is often shown wearing a crown or with rays arrayed around her head.

If you are looking for an Our Lady of Fatima medal there are some beautiful ones available that can either be added to a chain and worn around the neck, used as a charm on a charm bracelet, or even worn as earrings or as an ankle bracelet.  The medal is available in many metals, including precious metals such as gold and silver and is also available in many different sizes depending on how you are going to wear it.  Depending on your budget, the medal is available in many karats of gold, right up to 18 karats, as well as sterling silver too.  The medal usually has a flat back that can be engraved if you like.

An Our Lady of Fatima medal makes a great gift for first communion and other rites of passage, as well as for birthdays, and Christmas as well as other celebrations.  It is said that it is worn to remind us of the need to pray the rosary, which was one of the messages that was give to the three children during one of the apparitions.

When you are looking for an Our Lady of Fatima medal, you will find them readily available in Catholic supply stores and in fine jewellery stores as well as on the internet through online merchants.  Most online merchants offer secure check out facilities these days so you don’t have to worry from that point of view.  They also do their sourcing worldwide so it is possible to find some very good quality medals from many different countries.  Many online suppliers also offer engraving or you can have this done in a local jewellery or engraving store.  A good quality medal will be treasured by the wearer for a long time, even more so if it has been personalized.


This article was published on Tuesday 16 February, 2010.

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