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The Novena of The Miraculous Medal

Pray this Novena to ask for graces

The Novena of The Miraculous Medal behind the Olympic Gold Medal

Filipino first-ever gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz thanked the Blessed Virgin Mary after her victory, showing her devotion to Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal.

Besides the weightlifter thanked friends for praying the novena of the Miraculous Medal before her competition.

In addition, she said that she prayed the Novena of The Miraculous Medal herself.

You can read my previous post about Hidilyn Diaz here.

And you can read my post about The Miraculous Medal here.

But…what is a novena?

A novena (nō-ˈvē-nə) is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually to obtain a particular request, through the intercession of the Virgin or some saint.
The novena term comes from latin word novem meaning “nine” or from the medieval latin word novenus meaning “nine by nine”.
But why nine? Well, because the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent nine days in prayer between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. To be honest, somebody thinks that it comes from the nine months that The Blessed Virgin Mary carried Jesus in her womb.

How to pray the Novena of The Miraculous Medal


The Novena of the Miraculous Medal is also known as Our Lady Of The Miraculous Medal Novena

You should pray this novena every day from 18th to the 26th of November but you can pray it for every need you have.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, who, moved by mercy for our miseries, came down from Heaven to show us how deeply you care about our sufferings and how much you work to turn away from us God’s punishments and to implore His graces for us, have mercy on us in our present need; console us in our affliction, grant us perpetual good health all the days of our life and grant us the grace we ask from you: mention your petition here.

Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, who, as the remedy for the many spiritual ills that afflict us, have given us your Miraculous Medal so that it will be a defense of our souls, medicine for our bodies and comfort in all our miseries: we now wear it gratefully over our hearts and we ask you through it to hear our prayer: mention your petition here.

Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, you promised that you would obtain great graces for the devotees of your Medal who invoke you with the prayer you taught us: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.” Thus, O Mother Mary, see how we, full of trust in your word, come to you and ask you, by your glorious Immaculate Conception and Perpetual Virginity, for the grace we ask: mention your petition here.

Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.


Photos

The photos in this post come from our catalog. If you need them without watermarks for your projects, get a license. Here are the links: click and download them


You can read my previous post about Hidilyn Diaz here.

And you can read my post about The Miraculous Medal here.


The Real Story behind The Miraculous Medal

During Tokyo OIympic medal ceremony, Hilidyn Diaz wore the Miraculous Medal.

Why?

What is the Miraculous Medal?

What is The Miraculous Medal?

During Tokyo OIympic medal ceremony, Hilidyn Diaz wore the Miraculous Medal: you can read my previous post about it. The Miraculous Medal is a devotional medal

But there is no superstition or magic connected with the Miraculous Medal.

Surely, it’s not a good luck charm.

Saint Catherine Labouré and the Miraculous Medal

Between July and December 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to Sister Catherine Labouré on three occasions.

Sister Catherine was a novice of the Daughters of Charity in the convent on the rue du Bac in Paris.

The Second Apparition: the Miraculous Medal

The Second Apparition on November 27, 1830: at 5.30 p.m. The Blessed Virgin appeared to Sister Catherine in the chapel.

Catherine saw something like two living paintings: notably one fading into the other.

In the first image, Our Lady stood in a white silk dress upon a half-globe: her feet crushing a serpent.

The Blessed Virgin held a small golden globe topped with a cross.

Mary lifted it up toward heaven. 

The Blessed Virgin said “This globe represents the entire world, including France, and every person.

In the second image, beautiful rays of light stream from the Blessed Virgin’s open hands. 

Sister Catherine heard : “These rays are a symbol of the graces that I pour out on those who ask them of me. The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask.

Then an oval formed around the apparition. Catherine saw in a semi-circle this invocation in gold letters: “O Marie conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous” (“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”).

Sister Catherine heard “Have a medal made according to this model. For those who wear it with confidence, there will be abundant graces.

Finally, the image turned.

Then Catherine saw the reverse side of the medal.

The letter M topped with a little cross and two hearts below: one crowned with thorns (the Sacred Heart of Jesus) and the other pierced by a sword (the Immaculate Heart of Mary).

After The Third Apparition

The Third Apparition in December 1830: The same image of the medal appeared near the tabernacle. “These rays are the symbol of the graces that the Blessed Virgin obtains for those who ask them of her…You will not see me anymore.

Later, Sister Catherine was assigned to the Hospice of Enghein to care for elderly men: she still felt that the medal must be struck.

The medal was minted and shared: it led to such gifts of grace that it came to be called “The Miraculous Medal.”

In particular during cholera epidemic of 1832, the Daughters of Charity began to distribute the first 2000 medals. Cures accumulated. Protection from the disease spreaded. Conversions happened.  That was overwhelming.  When released, the medal was called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception. The people of Paris began to call the medal “miraculous.” (in French, Médaille Miraculeuse)

Why you should wear the Miraculous Medal?

Three intimately connected aspects come from the sentence on the Miraculous Medal : “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”.

Mary’s identity is explicitly revealed to us: the Virgin Mary is immaculate from the moment of her conception. The power behind her intercession for those who pray to her comes from the privilege derived from the merits of the Passion of her Son Jesus Christ.

This is the reason why the Virgin invites everyone to have recourse to her in the difficulties of life.

Again: There is no superstition or magic connected with the Miraculous Medal. Then again: It’s not an amulet, it’s not a good luck charm.


I should visit the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse  indeed! Coming with me?


Photos

The photos in this post come from our catalog. If you need them without watermarks for your projects, get a license. Here are the links: click and download them


You can read my previous post about Hidilyn Diaz here

And you can read my post about The Novena of the Miraculous Medal here.


The Miraculous Medal at Olympic Games

Philippines’ first ever gold medallist wearing The Miraculous Medal inspires the world with her victory and Catholic devotion

Philippines sent its first Olympic delegation to Paris for the 1924 Olympic Games: after nearly 100 years, last July 26th weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines’ first gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in the 55-kilogram category.  And she wore the Miraculous Medal.

She set an Olympic record with a combined weight total of 224 kilograms across two successful lifts too.

You can imagine what this meant for her and for all people in Philippines.

It was not an easy journey: a poor financial support and the need for money, a broken knee that nearly ended her career, a link to an alleged conspiracy against the President and the fear for her safety, the diet problems to change category and finally the COVID-19 limiting her training.

But there’s something more than rising out of a childhood marked by poverty to pursue dreams at the highest level: there’s her Faith in God.

The Faith in God: the Miraculous Medal

Hidilyn Diaz is the fifth of six children. She is the daughter of poor tricycle driver.

After her final lift she clutched at her Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary hanging from her neck. Some friends gave it to her before Japan: they prayed the Novena!

The Novena is a Catholic spiritual devotion: it consists of the recitation of a set form of prayer for nine consecutive days. Hidilyn Diaz did the Novena too.

For her, it was the first time to successfully lift that much weight: she was never able to get it! Neither during training!

National Anthem playing, Hidilyn Diaz was wearing two medals: the Olympic Gold medals and the Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She was quoted as repeating: “Thank you, Lord, thank you, Lord”.

She did a Sign of the Cross towards the end of the medals ceremony.

Miraculous Medal at stand of ART DEMETZ in DEVOTIO
BOLOGNA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 18, 2019 statue of The Miraculous Medal at stand of ART DEMETZ in DEVOTIO, Religious products and service exhibition

Lifting souls

The Miraculous medal also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception had its beginnings in 1830: a novitiate, St. Catherine Labouré was visited by the Virgin Mary. You can read all the story here.

Hidilyn Diaz is a weightlifter, indeed: in fact she lifted the spirits of Philippines and Catholics all over the world.

Hidilyn Diaz: Proud to be Filipino and Catholic.


Photos

The photos in this post come from our catalog. If you need them without watermarks for your projects, get a license. Here are the links: click to download them


You can read my post about The Miraculous Medal here.

And you can read my post about The Novena of the Miraculous Medal here.