Saint Gerard Majella was the son of a tailor in Italy. He was quite devout but suffered bad health and was not able to become a Capuchin monk as he wished. He later became a Redemptor monk and was falsely accused of impregnating a woman, who later recanted and repented. Because of this, Saint Gerard has become well known as the protector and patron of pregnancies, expectant mothers, childbirth and motherhood. He has also been known as a an antecedent for the falsely accused.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a treasured representation of the Blessed Virgin Mary that has been associated with a Byzantine icon or image of the same name. There is some controversy about the original date of the image - ranging from the 13th through the 15th centuries. The actual icon is in Rome and has been there since the late 1400s.
This is a highly recognizable image of the Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus in her arms. Catholics have prayed to the Blessed Mother to intercede on their behalf, with her son, Jesus, for help. Perhaps the reason for the popularity of the image is Mary's gaze directly at the viewer, rather than down at her son, conveying her care for the world at large and individuals in particular.
This image is particularly special to us as it was our Grandmother's favorite. Although we never knew her, we have heard of her patience, kindness and open arms of love. And, this lovely medal features a very detailed image of Our Lady.
It measures 1 inch high (including the loop) by 1/2 inch wide. We're showing two medals so that you might see each side.