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.
Much mystery and romance shroud the legend of Mary Magdalene, overshadowing her very significant role as a witness to the central events in the Christian faith. According to some accounts, Mary Magdalene appears as a noble and wealthy Jewish woman from Magdala in Galilee and sister of Martha and Lazarus. She lives a highly extravagant life before converting to the teachings of Jesus Christ, who helps dispel both her vanity and pride. Beautiful and proud she wept at the feet of Jesus, anointing Him with expensive perfume from an alabaster box of ointment, washing his feet with her tears and drying them with her long beautiful hair. Viewed by some as the Apostle’s Apostle, she was the first to witness the Resurrection of Christ, after coming to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ dead body with sweet spices. Under direction from Jesus, she spreads the word to the other apostles. As a deeply faithful disciple, she perseveres, when other male disciples abandon Christ, by leading the group of women who witness the Crucifixion, burial, empty tomb and Resurrection. In addition to witness, she also serves as preacher, healer and contemplative. 14 years after the Crucifixion she arrives by boat to the shores of Gaul, now France, where she evangelizes the region before retiring to a grotto in the St. Baume mountain range, to live a life of solitary contemplation for 30 years.
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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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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.
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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.
"It takes Strength to be Patient." This beautiful Brother Wolf piece is done with a Miraculous Medal symbolizing Patience, and a Nail symbolizing Strength. Nail hangs approximately 3 inches from the bottom of the Miraculous Medal.
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.
Patron Saint of Firefighters - Godspeed/Protection
Saint Florian was a high-ranking officer in the Roman Army as well as being head of the Fire Brigade. Florian was a Christian and during his service he kept his faith a secret for fear of being persecuted by his fellow soldiers and leaders. One of Florian’s miracles that he performed occurred when his fire brigade responded to a towns plea for help against a fire that had ignited. Florian (secretly) prayed over a single bucket of water and with that single bucket the whole fire was put out.
Now, The Romans believed in many gods, and they began to force their beliefs on the people of the lands they conquered or they would face religious persecution. When Florian received his orders to carry out these religious persecutions against fellow Christians, he took a stand. He refused his orders and when his leaders got word of this deception was punished. He was given one last chance to accept their religion, but he refused to accept their gods. He stayed true to his faith and for that he was brutally tortured and killed. In his final few moments of life, before the Romans lit the fire with him at the steak, he told them, “If you do, I will climb to heaven on the flames”. May Saint Florian watch over those that protect us and have protected others in the past. Godspeed.
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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.
St. Joseph (d. 1st century) Joseph, an older man, worked as a carpenter, assigning him the universal patron of workers celebrated on May 1st. And while of noble lineage he possessed extraordinary, compassion, faith and humility. While betrothed to Mary, she became pregnant and in a dream an angel revealed the truth of Mary’s pregnancy. Joseph married Mary immediately and continued to be guided by angels who orchestrated moves to locations where Mary and Jesus would be free of danger, at his own great personal expense. He completely accepted his role as the loving foster father of Jesus and died in the presence of both Mary and Jesus for which, he is recognized as the patron of the dying.
We celebrate St. Joseph’s extraordinary Providence, as the father of Jesus divinely guided, with a strong rare antique medallion found in San Sebastian Spain.
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.