I bought a Miraculous Metal - Now what?


I read in a couple of other threads about people who wear a Miraculous Medal, and do so on a regular basis. I bought one yesterday (I love having a Catholic book/gift store near where I live now!), but am not sure what I am supposed to do with it now. Are there certain prayers I should say before I wear it? Anything like that?

I feel like having grown up in the 70s left me missing out on a lot of the traditional Catholic devotions, etc! I would appreciate any help!

Lynn in NH


Here you go - this should help!




EDIT - to add more links.

God bless!



First of all, congratulations on getting such a beautiful medal! Have it blessed by a priest, and then wear it in whatever way suits you - either round your neck on a chain or cord, or in a pocket or some other way. I wear mine on a cord round my neck.

Did you get an explanatory leaflet with it? It’s very important to know the history of it and why we wear it.

Basically Our Lady appeared to St Catherine Laboure in 1830 and asked her to have this medal struck and promised that whoever wore it would obtain many graces. Now this doesn’t mean it’s a lucky charm, but that by meditating on the symbols on the medal we are drawn deeper into prayer and contemplation of the mysteries of salvation.

The front of the medal shows Mary, standing on a globe of the world, crushing the serpent beneath her feet. She is holding out her hands and rays are coming from them, representing the many graces she has been appointed to give us. Around her are the words of the prayer: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.” On the reverse of the medal, You’ll see a large M, at the foot of a Cross which has a horizontal bar at the base. This represents Mary at the foot of the Cross, and reminds us that she is forever linked to the passion of Our Lord and stands there as our representative. Below this are the two hearts: the one on the left is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, all aflame with love for us, and the one on the right is the Immaculate Heart of Mary, pierced by a sword as Simeon told her. Around the edge are twelve stars, for the twelve apostles.

I hope you receive many graces while wearing it, and that it helps to deepen your faith.


Ask a priest to bless it.

Wear it.

Pray the prayer printed on it: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

Allow it to remind you of the wonderful mystery of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, which means that God prepared her to be the mother of Jesus by allowing her to be conceived in the womb of her mother (Saint Ann) without original sin.

Place yourself under Mary’s maternal care.


Thank you, all! I appreciate it!



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