First Holy Communion Medals

Communion Medals

The wearing of medals and icons dates back to Greek and Roman times.
Early Christianity held many crossovers from pagan tradition.  In ancient times talismans or icons were worn to ward of evil or to protect from illness.  Many of the early Christians used pagan terms to define Christian beliefs, such as St. Patrick's use of the shamrock to define the Holy Trinity.  Pope Pius V was the first to approved blessing of medals in the 1500's.

Most patron medals bear the face or whole body of the patron and some symbol that defines who he was or what he achieved; such as St. Michael the Archangel is shown standing upon the devil because he is believed to have been the force behind God's decision to drive the fallen angels from heaven.  St Therese Lisieux bears roses because of her promise to 'send a shower of roses from heaven' on her deathbed.

In accordance with Holy Communion medals the  patron saint medals or medal portraying others of religious order (Miraculous Medals, Medals of the Sacred Heart, Pope John Paul II, Mother Theresa) are very appropriate gifts to give any person of any gender or age on the occasion of their First Holy Communion.

    5827   First Communion gift set

            The wine chalice with host above and the initials IHS or INRI (Latin terms for Jesus Christ as shown on this ring is the universal symbol of the Holy Eucharist.  The Four Way Medal holds the Sacred Heart at the top, the Immaculate Heart at the bottom.  The arms of four way medals can be of special saints such as St. Theresa the Little Flower (7210) or St. Jude Patron of Hopeless Cases (7060) on one side.  The other may portray a patron significant to the wearer: St. Rita Patron of the Impossible and baseball (7094), St. Sebastian Patron of Archery and Baseball (7100), St. Francis Patron of Animals.  Four and Five way medals are available in many combinations.  A Five-way Medal for a First Communion medal would have the chalice in the center or the dove.

 

St. Michael the Archangel Medal   R45015
St. Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, policemen, radiologists, the sick and Germany.

 

St. Christopher Medal   R45052
St. Christopher is the patron saint of athletes, porters, sailors and travelers.

St. Kevin Medal  R45001
   St. Kevin is a patron of Ireland and Blackbirds

 

St. Mary Magdalene Medal  R45012
St. Mary Magdalene is the patron saint of penitents and perfumers.

 

St. Francis of Assisi Medal   R41775
       St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, ecologists, merchants,

 

Round St. Jude Medal  R16939
St. Jude is the patron saint of elderly maids, desperate situations and hospitals.

 

 

Four Way Medal    R16494  Holy Communion Medal pendant
Holy Spirit in center with "I Am A Catholic Please Call a Priest" message on back

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