Croix de Lourdes et Saint Martin Necklace
Item no. LS04229
Trésor Bleu Exclusive - Rare
Medal origin: France, c. 1920
This stunning 1.2 inch wide, 1.2 inches tall cross with a stunning image of the Apparition at Lourdes on one side, and Saint Martin of Tours on Reverse. 825 Solid silver and 24k gold accents.
Apparition at Lourdes The location of the spring was described to Soubirous by an apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes on 25 February 1858. Since that time many thousands of pilgrims to Lourdes have followed the instruction of Our Lady of Lourdes to "drink at the spring and wash in it". Lourdes water and Lourdes pilgrimages have become a focus of devotion to the Virgin Mary at Lourdes. Since the apparitions, many people have claimed to have been cured by drinking or bathing in it.
St. Martin of Tours, born 316, Hungary —died November 8, 397, Candes, Gaul [France]; Western feast day, November 11; Patron Saint of France, father of Monasticism in Gaul, and the first great leader of Western monasticism.
Of pagan parentage, Martin chose Christianity at age 10. As a youth, he was forced into the Roman army, but later he petitioned the Roman emperor to be released from the army because “I am Christ’s soldier: I am not allowed to fight.” When charged with cowardice, he is said to have offered to stand in front of the battle line armed only with the sign of the cross. He was imprisoned but was soon discharged. Legend holds that while he was still in the military and a catechumen of the faith, Martin cut his cloak in half to share it with a beggar. That night, he dreamed that Jesus himself was clothed with the torn cloak. When he awoke, the garment was restored. Moved by this miracle, Martin immediately finished his religious instruction and was baptized at age 18. During his lifetime, Martin acquired a reputation as a miracle worker, and he was one of the first nonmartyrs to be publicly venerated as a saint.
The pendant is hung on our most popular square box chain, which extends from choker (under 16 inches) up to 28 inches in length. Center opening connects to a rosary-inspired bead, with a 1 inch drop.
An elegant, vintage, understated, timeless piece.
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