This antique religious medal from France depicts Our Lady of Mount Carmel on one side and on the reverse art nouveau flowers. The medal was definitely loved as you can tell someone used it in prayer or for consolation by rubbing it in their hands. The medal is accented by a sterling silver cross and a freshwater pearl.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is one of the many names given to the Holy Mother of Jesus: Mary. In ancient Old Testament times, there was a band of monks who lived in caves on Mount Carmel, they were contemplative and were devoted to the Mother of the Savior hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus. Hence the name: Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Carmelite religious still exists in various forms even today. Blessed Pope John Paul II is a Carmelite religious, as are many famous saints in church history, including St. John of the Cross, and doctors of the church: St. Teresa of Avila and St. Therese Lisieux (the little flower). Carmelites usually can be identified today easily by the fact that they wear a physical habit known as the brown scapular. The original scapular was given to St. Simon Stock by the Blessed Virgin Mary when she appeared to him in Middle ages. The scapular was given and is worn as a sign of religious devotion to Mary and Jesus, wearing it is like wearing a constant prayer to God.
- Chain: Sterling Silver Cable Link Chain
- Length: 18″ inches with a two inch extender
- Medal Size: 25 mm diameter
- Medal Weight: 8 grams