Vintage Catholic medals

Vintage Catholic medals on rusty old safety pin

Vintage Catholic medals on rusty old safety pin found in a little round box – see below

These medals would have been worn pinned to vest (I found them in an old handbag). Worn to protect the wearer and as physical reminders of their faith.

Here's a better look at them

Here’s a better look at them

Pilgrims collected medals from shrines they visited, these are probably from Lourdes.

These medals found in a little tin box

These medals found in the handbag

The wearing of religious medals is a very ancient tradition. The Roman writer Pliny used the word “amuletum” for medals worn around the neck by all classes of people as talismans (objects believed to give supernatural powers or protection to the wearer). Rather than simply eradicating a cultural practice, the Christians instead adopted their use, rooting it in Christian belief and removing the magical connection. (Catholic Education)

Medals found in this box

Vintage medals on safety pin found in this box

Vintage medal of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Vintage medal of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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