Other Religious Gold Medals - Medallas de Oro Religiosas - 14k Gold Medals
Religious gold medals are an important symbol of the Catholic faith; they serve to remind us to remain close to God and to follow in the example of the patron saints. Catholic medals also bring protection to the wearer from harm and are an important spiritual reminder of your relationship with God. They can also be given as gifts for weddings, baptisms, communions and other important accomplishments. For example it is very common for children to receive a religious medal when going through their first Holy Communion.
MexGrocer.com has a beautiful selection of gold religious medals in a variety of styles, they are perfect gifts for all occasions, and are very helpful during times of distress and need, because they give comfort to the wearer as he/she is reminded of their faith and the power of prayer.
Listed below are some of the religious medals you can find at MexGrocer.com, as well as information and the history behind the religious depictions engraved on these beautiful gold medals.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
On December 12, 1531 the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to an indigenous peasant named Juan Diego at the Mount of Tepeyac near what is known today as Mexico City. Our Lady of Guadalupe told Juan Diego that she wanted a church to be built in her honor and promised to support the Mexican people in their afflictions and distress. She instructed Juan Diego to request the building of the church to the bishop Juan de Zumarraga. He went on his way to talk to the bishop and told him about the beautiful lady he had seen at the Mount of Tepeyac, the bishop was unconvinced by Juan Diego and asked him for a sign. Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared before Juan Diego who told her he had been rejected by the bishop, she told him to come back the next day so she could give him the proof the bishop had asked him. The next day Juan Diego was distressed to find his uncle had fallen seriously ill and on the brink of death, so he set out to find a priest in the city. As he was passing the hill Our Lady appeared to him and told him not to worry, that she was watching over him and his uncle would be alright. Juan Diego then asked Our Lady to give him the sign he was to bring to the bishop, she told him to cut some roses from a nearby bush that never bloomed during the season and requested he bring them back to her. The Virgin of Guadalupe touched the beautiful roses on Juan Diego’s cloak with her holy hands and instructed him to visit the bishop once more. When Juan Diego arrived he told the bishop he had the prove he requested, he let go of the roses and as his cloak fell the beautiful image of the lady that had appeared to him at the Mount of Tepeyac was revealed: the Virgin of Guadalupe.
The Basilica de Guadalupe was built in her honor and it stands exactly where she had asked Juan Diego to build the church. Juan Diego’s original cloak can be found at the Basilica with the beautiful image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
The Virgin of Guadalupe medals serve to remind us of the miracle that occurred one December 12th, when Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared before Juan Diego and her beautiful image was imprinted on his cloak. The medals are a symbol of hope and faith, that wherever we go or what ever hardships we face our Lady of Guadalupe will always be there to protect us and to hear our prayers. Just like the words she said to Juan Diego when he was distressed by his uncle’s illness: “Don’t you know that I am your mother and that you are under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? . . . Is there anything else that you need?”
First Communion Medals
The First Holy Communion is a very important occasion in a Catholic’s life; it means he/she has received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, which is the body and blood of Christ. Most children receive their First Holy Communion when they are 9 yrs old. It is required for a person to go to confession a week prior to receiving their First Communion because he/she must be without sin and in a state of grace. Children and Adults must also go to religious education classes, kids begin studying in the first grade while adults take was is called RCIA which is taken for a year prior to receiving the Sacrament.
When children go through their First Communion they are receiving the body and blood of Christ for the first time, and by continuing to receive the Eucharist they will become one with Christ and will share in his eternal life.
A First Communion medal is a unique and beautiful gift that can be given to either boys or girls; it is a special reminder of that Holy Day when first communion was received. It is traditionally given as a gift by the child’s godparents, but can also be given by any other family member. The first communion medals symbolize Jesus Christ’s unending love and the life he gave for mankind, salvation and the forgiveness of sins.