The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is situated on the street: rue du Bac, south of the river Seine in an area of Paris that has many religious communities.
After several apparitions of both Saint Vincent de Paul and of Christ, Catherine Labouré had the joy of speaking three times with the Virgin Mary, from July to December 1830. The young novice of the Daughters of Charity was awakened in the middle of the night and invited to go to pray in the community’s chapel. It was here that the Virgin appeared for the first time. The Virgin asked her to offer to the world a medal for which she gave the details. This object, simple but full of symbolism, profoundly marked the Parisian spirit when the city was hit with a terrible epidemic of cholera in 1832. The Daughters of Charity distributed the first medals. Healings and conversions increased more and more. The nuns had then to cope with many requests and it was a true tsunami. Parisians called the medal “miraculous”, the name it still holds today. Each pilgrim can come to pray in the same spot of the apparitions, or in front of the Saint’s reliquary. It is a place of peace and silence in the heart of Paris.
The Chapel of the Medaille Miraculeuse is one of best know marian sanctuarias, go there for your pilgrimage in France !