Antique Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary IRish medal - Enamel Cross Jesuit - Vintage Virgo Reparatrix - Roman Catholic Marian society
The Sodality of Our Lady was first established in Ireland in 1598 by Father Henry Fitzsimon, S.J. When it was first established the people were firmly attached to the faith The Sodality's first task was thus the revival of piety and religious practice. At a time when it was unusual for Catholics to communicate more than once a year, the Sodality introduced the practice of monthly confession and communion and fervent Sodalists communicated every week. Other Catholic practices such as the family rosary, were also developed, and it was not unusual for Sodalists to devote a certain fixed time every day to meditation, spiritual reading and examination of conscience. The works of charity and mercy prescribed by the rules were accurately carried out. The chief of these were: fostering vocations in the young, the care of the sick, the relief of the poor, the instruction of the ignorant, the visitation of prisons. Sometimes Sodalists were called on to undertake more hazardous tasks. On occasions of danger, the younger Sodalists would act as scouts to warn the priest of a coming raid or they would mount guard to resist attack until the priest had time to disguise himself and escape. At a time when capital punishment was very common and no Catholic priest would be admitted into a prison, Sodalists made every effort to introduce a disguised priest to those under sentence of death.
This antique medal came to us with the enamel Cross added at a later date. I am not sure of the significance.See photo for more views and size.
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