An antique chaplet or finger rosary serves as the centerpiece for the Wonder medallion. The finger rosary, a prayerful mediation, originates from the rosary, a Scriptural meditation based on prayers such as the Hail Mary, the dialogue between Mary and the angel Gabriel, and the Our Father, the prayer given to the disciples by Christ when asked how to pray. These repetitive prayers silently or vocally said, alone or with others, offer a deeper meditative communion with God. The rosary, Latin for “rose garden”, also offers contemplation and wonder of the profound mysteries of Jesus and Mary’s life. The European antique finger rosary, with its 10 balls represents a decade of prayer, serving secretly praying soldiers in World War I or politically oppressed Catholics in Ireland. Prayer beads, founded by the ancient Hindus and common in many religions help facilitate prayer by allowing the beads to count repetitive prayer.
Spirit is a term used in most religions but in the Christian tradition, a Holy Spirit evokes the mystery of the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts rendered by the Holy Spirit sanctify our soul through grace and infusing virtue in our lives which positively influences others. The Holy Spirit is invoked at Confirmation, through an anointing with chrism, to safeguard or seal the graces received in Baptism. The dove embodying the Holy Spirit is an emblem of purity and gentleness.
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St. Christopher (died c. 250), an early Roman martyr and legendary saint, described as extremely tall and strong, sought vainly to serve a king worthy of his strength. Serving first a king frightened by the devil, he abandoned the king for the more powerful devil. After a short time with the devil, he observed the devil’s fear of the symbolic cross and concluded Jesus’ supremacy over the devil. He launched a fearless quest to find the most powerful Jesus uniquely worthy of his service. Advised by a hermit to pray or fast, as a way to seek Jesus, St. Christopher struggled with how to pray and abstain from food. As an alternative, he volunteered to carry travelers across a tempestuous river where many drowned. One day, when resting by the river, he heard a child’s voice call out “Christopher, come out and carry me across.” Grabbing his staff, he lifted the child to his shoulders and began to traverse the rough river. With each step, the child weighed heavier and currents resisted his stride. In deep waves, Christopher grew afraid that he would lose his step and they would both drown. Exhausted, bewildered and breathless he requested the child’s identity. Today, we honor the popular “Christ-bearer”, St. Christopher, with three Brother Wolf virtue medallions, featuring the images of St. Christopher with staff carrying the Christ Child on his shoulders inspiring both protection and Godspeed in all of our journeys."
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Mary, as the mother of God, specifically, Jesus, holds a highly venerated position in Faith. Her purity as symbolized in the absence of original sin elevates her importance in salvation and the angel Gabriel in the bible, addresses her as “Hail, full of grace”. Mary’s other title as Queen, as Jesus is referred to as King, implies she is our spiritual mother, nurturing our spiritual life of grace throughout our lifetime. Her role in the miracles of Christ’s life is well documented in the Bible and the many events of her life are celebrated as miracles as well. We honor her Grace with a unique French vintage nouveau interpretation while celebrating mothers.
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Measurements: 1.75" x 1"
St. James was one of the twelve apostles and brother of St. John the Apostle, perhaps related to Jesus. He was one of the three first Apostles to follow Christ and also was the first apostle martyred, by sword, one of his symbols. He was called the Greater, to distinguish him from the other St. James of lesser stature. St. James, the Apostle, is the patron saint of Spain where he preached the early gospel and is buried In Santiago de Compostela. The Road to Santiago attracts pilgrims worldwide annually trekking by foot, horseback and bicycle, second only to Rome and Jerusalem, as a pilgrimage destination. Many pilgrims wear the scallop as a symbol of St. James, the Apostle, mirroring his spiritual journey as a fisherman, with the grooved lines of the scallop representing the many sacred paths to return to the center. The Virgin Mary appeared to him while he was in Northeast Spain and gave him a small wooden statue of herself and a Pillar. She asked that he build a chapel at the site of her appearance and now stands the the chapel of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza Spain. St. James, beloved throughout the world, is a celebrated apostle.
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Measurements: 1" x .87"
St. Michael, the great archangel personifies valor, protection and care. His name means “Who is like unto God?” and he appears as the heavenly leader in the fight against all enemies of God. The Jews regard Michael, the prince, as the special protector of Israel, and in Christianity he serves as the protector of the Church.
While St. Michael, the archangel protects us, he also assists in dying, accompanying us to private judgement after we depart this world, ultimately ushering us to the gates of Heaven as a patron of the holy souls. His protection over holy souls results in the dedication of cemetery chapels in his name worldwide. In ancient times he was venerated as healer before honored as an angelic warrior. He also served as patron of mariners in Normandy where the famous Mont-Saint Michael stands.
The iconic Miraculous Medal promises graces, symbolized as brilliant rays shooting from Mary’s outstretched arms, to those who wear the medal. St. Catherine Laboure manifested the miraculous medal in a famous apparition of Mary in 1830 in Paris. The medal conceived in the vision includes the inscription: “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” Mary spoke to Catherine: “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.” Even the back of the medal, rich in symbolism includes the letter “M” for Mary, who intercedes for us, a cross and bar representing Jesus’ redemption , two hearts representing both Mary and Jesus, and 12 stars for the 12 apostles. It is a testimony to faith and the power of prayer. Miracles inspired by the miraculous medal are of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith.
Faith, Hope, and Charity, daughters of Sophia whose name means Wisdom, died as virgin martyrs in the 2nd century AD at a very young age during the Roman rule of Hadrian in the 2nd century. Oftentimes, mystical virtues became names at Baptism as in the case of 12-year-old Faith, 10-year-old Hope, and 9-year-old Charity. The New Testament endorses strongly these three virtues and Charity is often called love. Church feast days celebrate these virtues and the saint's martyrdom on August 1st (Roman) and September 17th (Eastern), while specifics vary on the saints celebrated. The Sanctus Collection commemorates these virtues with simple yet beautiful vintage symbols of the cross, anchor, and the Sacred Heart, universally communicating the sublime meaning of Faith, Hope, and Charity.
150 years ago, young St. Bernadette, just 14 years old, witnessed the appearance of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, eighteen times in five months near a cave in a small mountainous town in Southern France named Lourdes. Bernadette’s extraordinary faith compelled her to obey the instruction of Mary to drink from a nonexistent fountain in the grotto. She scratched in the dry gravel and healing waters began to flow. Today, the healing waters attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all faiths in search of physical, emotional and spiritual hope. In the Sanctus Collection, the Lady of Lourdes medal captures Mary in stunning portrait on the front and young St. Bernadette kneeling at the grotto in Lourdes on the back in vivid detail, commemorating the 150 year anniversary of the miracle.
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Gabriel, the archangel, is one of three angels mentioned in the Bible and because of the supreme importance of the message he delivers he is distinguished as an archangel and the patron saint of all those who work in communication. His name means God is my strength; God is mighty; strong man of God; the strength of God.
He appears to Daniel, revealing the prophecy of the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah. God also sends Gabriel to Nazareth in Galilee to a virgin, named Mary engaged to a man whose name is Joseph, of the House of David informing her she would conceive and bear a son whom she was to give the name of Jesus, which means “Salvation”. Gabriel functions as a critical messenger. He announces the births of both John the Baptist and Jesus.
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The Sacred Heart universally symbolizes the transformative power of divine love for humanity. The image of the flaming heart surrounded with a crown of thorns while informed by the crucifixion serves as a ubiquitous symbol of Love in popular and secular culture. The Immaculate Heart of Mary which appears on miraculous medals next to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is pierced with a sword rather than crowned with thorns interlocking the two.
While the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus originated in the Middle Ages primarily through the Franciscan mystical devotion of the five wounds of which the wound in Jesus’ heart figured prominently, formalized practice began in 1856 with the Feast of the Sacred Heart celebrated 19 days after the Pentecost and always falling on a Friday. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque popularized the devotion when Jesus Christ in her visions, radiant with Love, requested He be honored under the figure of His Heart of Flesh. While the image of the Sacred Heart appears throughout the Sanctus Collection, we celebrate the healing power of divine Love with a cameo portrait of the Sacred Heart, framed in precious medal and anointed with a sacred stone.