Religious medals are a popular gift for many occasions.Appropriate for births, baptisms, christenings, birthdays, Christmas, Easter, and any number of other religious or spiritual ceremonies, they are often very simple, but always beautiful and meaningful.Enjoyed and appreciated by men and women alike they can be significant reminders of difficult choices or unique accomplishments that have passed in a person’s life, and are often celebrations of success, progress, and, of course, faith. There are many types that serve a variety of purposes and are appropriate church members of all ages.
For instance, upon birth, you could give religious medals to family depicting the Blessed Mother caring for Jesus or one of the many patron saints of babies.There is even a patron saint against birth defects, and these images, when properly blessed, of course, can work as an instrument of faith to protect you or your family from harm and shower them with many blessings.In fact, there are a hundred or so saints who canonization was intended to aid in wedded matters, from betrothed couples to separated ones, and baby matters like guarding against birth defects too.It is truly a unique and interesting aspect of the Catholic Faith.
Patron saints typically have their own religious medals that church authority has designed.St Michael, the archangel, for instance is always seen carrying his sword, which he uses to protect God’s people.As the general of God’s army, St Michael is the viceroy of heaven, smote Lucifer, and serves as the patron saint of the warrior.Servicemen like police officers, paratroopers, and fighter jet pilots often look to him as a source of encouragement and protection as they go out into the field of duty, which often leads them into dangerous situations.
Some religious medals are very casual and made of simple or unremarkable materials.Patron saint medals, for example are usually made with sterling silver.Though this is a somewhat precious metal, it is nothing extraordinary, and its inherent physical value is probably enough to retain the respect it deserves in regard to its emotional and spiritual value.Occasionally, you can also find patron saint medals plated with gold, though they are still sterling silver to the core.However, other medals are sometimes solid gold, and of a decent carat weight.Gold crucifixes and crosses are also very popular and are simple yet elegant reminders of the Christian faith.
You can find religious medals wherever Christian materials are sold.Most often this is typically a Christian book store, but there are other specialty stores out there that might be able to help you.The best place to find these specialty stores is through the internet, which will lead you to either a static location in your neighborhood, or more likely to an internet retailer.Web stores are a wise option because they can provide the same or better quality service as a traditional store, but with more convenience options and lower prices too.You can visit a store anytime from the comfort of your own home and have your products ship directly to you, which saves you time and money.
This article was published on Saturday 08 May, 2010.