Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal was prefigured in the Old Testament by the story of Samuel as a boy and the Philistines taking the Ark of the Covenant. These stories come from the Book of  1 Kings, chapters 3,4,5 and 6. For a video that gives the Scriptural and historical references, see the below video at the bottom of this page. Directly below, select the corresponding numbered tabs for a summary of the parallels.

Old Testament

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New Testament

Awoken in the Night, Go Before the Ark

When the child Samuel was sleeping in the Temple of God, near the Ark of the Covenant, from the Ark, the Lord called out Samuel’s name in the middle of the night. Samuel awoke, and spoke with the Lord.

Authority Overturned, Evil Times

The Lord told Samuel that Eli and his sons were wicked, and that Eli’s house would come to an end.

Difficult Times for God’s Chosen People

The Israelites were defeated terribly in battle and the Ark of the Covenant was stolen by the Philistines. This was a terrible blow to the Israelites.

The Priest’s Chair

Eli was sitting in a chair when he heard about the news of his son’s death, the defeat of Israel and the confiscation of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines. He was so shocked that he fell backwards out of his chair and died.

The Ark Goes About

The Ark of the Covenant was taken by the Philistines and went throughout their land causing plagues and curses to the Philistines where ever it went.

Cast in Metal

The Philistines cast metal images of the curses they received because of the Ark.

Awoken in the Night, Go Before the Ark

St. Catherine DeLaboure was awoken in the middle of the night by a young boy’s voice. The young boy told St. Catherine that Our Lady was waiting for her in the chapel.

Authority Overturned, Evil Times

Our Lady said that times in France were evil, and that the throne would be overturned. Indeed, the end of French Monarchy ended definitively in 1871.

Difficult Times for God’s Chosen People

May priests and clergy were massacred in France, and throughout Europe. The Church was pressured, and the papal states were stolen from the Church in 1860 and 1870. This was a terrible blow to the Catholic Church.

The Priest’s Chair

Our Lady chose to sit in the priests chair during Her apparition to St. Catherine. Our Lady wasn’t tired, and in no other apparition did she sit in the priests chair.

The Ark Goes About

The Miraculous Medal (Our Lady is the ‘New Ark’) spread throughout France and the world causing blessing and healing where ever it went

Cast in Metal

An image of the New Ark was cast in metal, and was the cause of blessing and healing.


Watch the full length video below for Scriptural and historical references, and for the complete context of the parallels displayed above.