Mary Magdalene Necklaces

Necklace - Our Lady of the Pillar 24x43mm - 18K Gold Vermeil + 24 Inch Italian 18K Gold Vermeil Chain

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This rare and most beautiful medal of Our Lady of the Pillar measures 24x43mm and is 18K gold vermeil. The reverse of the medal shows Jesus on the cross with angels in the four corners. The lovely and quite heavy medal hangs from an extra long 24 inch Italian 18K gold vermeil chain.

OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR is the name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with the claim of Marian apparition to Apostle James the Greater as he was praying by the banks of the Ebro at Caesaraugusta, Hispania, on October 10, 40 AD. This is actually the 1st MARION APPARITION.

The apostle JAMES THE GREATER was the brother of JOHN THE BELOVED. James is named "the Greater" to distinguish him from the Apostle James "the Less," who was probably shorter in stature. James was the elder of the two brothers. Jesus knew the brothers' nature when He first met them and chose "Boanerges" as a fitting nickname, which means "sons of thunder" (Mark 3:17). Typical of Galileans, they were religious, hardy, industrious, brave and strong defenders of the Jewish nation.

After the Ascension, James traveled preaching the gospel all the way to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). James later returned to Judea and was martyred by decapitation—Herod Agrippa I, the Judean monarch and grandson of King Herod I, cut off the head of James with his own sword. James' disciples carried his body by sea to Iberia, where they landed at Padrón on the coast of Galicia, and took it inland for burial at Santiago de Compostela.

The tradition at Compostela placed discovery of the relics of Saint James in the time of King Alfonso II (791-842) and of Bishop Theodemir of Iria. These traditions were the basis for the pilgrimage route that began to be established in the 9th century, and the shrine dedicated to James at Santiago de Compostela, in Galacia in Spain, and became the most famous pilgrimage site in the Christian world. The Way of St. James is a tree of routes that cross Western Europe and arrive at Santiago through Northern Spain. Eventually James became the patron saint of Spain.The feast of Saint James is July 25.

The scallop shell, often found on the shores in Galicia, has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago. The scallop shell also acts as a metaphor. The grooves in the shell, which meet at a single point, represent the various routes pilgrims traveled, eventually arriving at a single destination: the tomb of James in Santiago de Compostela.

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