ST. GERARD ~Perpetual Help ~Antique Redemptorist MEDAL
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ST. GERARD ~Perpetual Help
~Antique Redemptorist MEDAL
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is an antique French silver medal picturing St. Gerard Majella with several of his attributes - the margin is marked in Latin "Sancte Gerarde Maiella Ora Pro Nobis". The reverse has an image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, for whom St. Gerard's devotion is well documented - the Redemptorist Fathers have been the proud custodians of this famous icon which is housed in the Church of Alphonsus Liguori in Rome. This medal is slightly worn but still retains good detail, it measures 7/8" with the bail - both sides are marked with the AP monogram and the bail is also marked.
St. Gerard Majella joined the Redemptorists at the age of 23. Because of his great piety, extraordinary wisdom and his gift of reading consciences, he was permitted to counsel communities of religious women. This humble servant of God also had the faculties of levitation and bi-location associated with certain mystics. He died of turberculosis in 1755 at the age of twenty nine. St. Gerard is invoked as the patron of expectant mothers as a result of a miracle effected through his prayers for a woman in labor. He is also the patron saint of children, mothers, childbirth, falsely accused people, and lay brothers.
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