1914 Lourdes Jubilee Medallion Necklace
Item № B100.104
Origin: Lourdes, France, c. 1914
Trésor Bleu Exclusive - Rare
Beautiful quality silver medal by Emilio Mazzoni Zarini commemorating the 1914 International Eucharistic Congress of Lourdes, with the Blessed (later Saint) Bernadette in the grotto on the reverse. This medal would have been a limited edition given to those who attended the International Eucharistic Conference in 1914, the first and only one to be held during World War I, the next being in 1922 in Rome.
The medal shows the assembly of laity on the left and Cardinal Pignatelli on the right, celebrating the Holy Eucharist with the bishops behind him. On the reverse back is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, nestling in the hillside.
On the exergue is “Souvenir du Congres Eucharistique de Lourdes 1914." On the reverse Bernadette is shown kneeling before our Lady of Lourdes, and the signature ‘Mazzoni’ appears on the bottom. Emilio Mazzoni Zarini was born in 1869 in Florence, Italy and died in 1949. He was an etcher, painter, photographer and a copper plate engraver and also a taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. He exhibited in Europe and USA, and although most of his work is in paintings and etchings of landscapes in Tuscany, he designed several religious medals, including others of the Virgin Mary.
The first congress took place in Lille, France in 1881, and at that time it was intended as a small local meeting; however over the years it grew in importance and this one – the 25th Congress (22nd July – 25th July 1914) was the first to have a specific theme – that of the Eucharist and the Social Range of Jesus Christ - with Cardinal Pignatelli of Belmonte as the Papal Legate.
It measures 1.5 inch high, including the bale, and is .75 inches wide. It hangs from a vintage rosary connector and an adjustable box chain, that can be worn any length between choker size and a full 28 inches. Trésors bleu are pieces of art and devotion. Also known as "Médailles De Pèlerinage" or "Medals of Pilgrimage," these little medals have had voyages from another generation, another life, another country. Blue is the sacred color of Mary, representing truth, hope, and faith since 200 AD. People of faith still undertake pilgrimages as a way of deepening their religious devotion, seeking miracles, spiritual healing, forgiveness, or for the journey itself. The experience is not solely about reaching the end, it is about what is endured, enjoyed, and learned along the way.
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