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Saint Blandine Virgin Mary Heart Shaped Antique French Religious Medal The Visitation Catholic Pendant

This is a very beautiful and rare large French antique heart shaped brass religious medal circa early 1800's

The front depicts Sainte Blandine or Saint Blandina Martyr. The French text translates "I am a Christian. Please read story below.

The reverse features the Virgin Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth.
Measures 1 1/2 inches tall and 1 3/8 inches wide. Initialed by the engraver L.M.

She belongs to the band of martyrs of Lyon who, after some of their number had endured frightful tortures, suffered martyrdom in 177 in the reign of Marcus Aurelius and concerning whose death we have the report sent by the Church of Lyon to the Churches of Asia Minor[3] The fanaticism of the Roman populace in Lyon had been excited against the Christians so that the latter, when they ventured to show themselves publicly, were harassed and ill-treated.

While the imperial legate was away, the chiliarch, a military commander, and the duumvir, a civil magistrate, threw a number of Christians, who confessed their faith, into prison. When the legate returned, the imprisoned believers were brought to trial. Among these Christians was Blandina, a slave, who had been taken into custody along with her master, also a Christian. Her companions greatly feared that on account of her bodily frailty she might not remain steadfast under torture. But although the legate caused her to be tortured in a horrible manner, so that even the executioners became exhausted "as they did not know what more they could do to her", still she remained faithful and repeated to every question "I am a Christian, and we commit no wrongdoing

Saint Blandine Virgin Mary Heart Shaped Antique French Religious Medal The Visitation Catholic Pendant SS160

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: brass, antique, religious, medal, french, catholic
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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