First Apparition Of Our Lady Of The Miraculous Medal: History
France is called the eldest daughter of the Church because she was the first nation to become catholic after the fall of the Roman Empire.
However, the French Revolution of 1789 brought permanent major changes in society especially in attitudes due to the influence of leaders who rejected the Church. These attitudes soon spread throughout the world.
In July 1830, on the eve of the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, Catherine Laboure’s guardian angel woke her up.
When inside the Chapel, she heard the rustle of silk dress, then saw Our Lady walk down the altar steps and sit on a chair.
The Blessed Virgin prepared Catherine to receive a mission from God. Our Lady foretold of great trials for France, for the world, and for the Church. She would also have personal trials.
Mary said, “The times are evil. Sorrows will come upon France; the throne will be overthrown. The Cross will be thrown down and trampled. Blood will flow in the streets. The side of Our Lord will be pierced anew. The whole world will be in sadness, upset by miseries of every kind.”
And then she gave the remedy: “Come to the foot of the altar. Here graces will flow on all, great and small, who ask for them. Graces will flow especially on those who ask for them.”
Nine (9) days after the apparition, the July Revolution broke out in France. The Church was attacked with particular vengeance, with priests and religious imprisoned and murdered. Mobs desecrated churches, crucifixes and statues were pulled down and trampled on. All in fulfillment of the Marian prophecy.
Mary invites us to come to the foot of the altar to pray with confidence and fervor for all the graces we need especially in these our times of violence and conflict … pray the Rosary.
The incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure at the side altar of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Rue du Bac, Paris, and the chair upon which the Blessed Mother was said to have sat. Right photo: St. Catherine