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4 Way Vintage Sterling Silver Medal on 24 inch sterling silver original chain. Measures 1" long; total weight of 13.4 grams; including the chain. On the back, "I am a Catholic. Please call a Priest". Marked CREED sterling.

HISTORY LESSON:

The 4 way medal is a medal created out of a combination of four popular Catholic medals. Traditionally, the four way medal is cross-shaped (cruciform) and includes the Sacred Heart medal, St. Joseph medal, St. Christopher medal, and the Miraculous medal or another Marian medal image. The backside of the medal is often engraved with “I am a Catholic – Please call a priest,” in case the wearer of the medal is found unconscious and in critical condition, for example if he or she were in a car accident. Some four way medals may also have “Pray for us” inscribed on the back or may simply be blank.

It's not known when exactly a four way medal was first made, nor has it been expressly defined why the medal was created but it has been speculated that the wearing of a four-in-one medal was more convenient than wearing four of the most popular medals tangled on one chain. This can especially be useful for someone who also wishes to wear, aside from the four way medal, an additional patron saint medal of a saint he or she has a particular devotion to. The four way medals are traditionally forged in the shape of a cross, which can be seen as an outward sign of understanding that the devotion to Mary and the saints does not exist alone and apart from Jesus Christ, but within the Catholic Faith.

4 Way Vintage Sterling Silver Medal on 24 inch sterling silver original chain

Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Materials: 4 way vintage sterling medal, sterling silver, 24 in sterling chain
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  • Ships worldwide from Massachusetts, United States
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