St. Bernadette Medallion Tote Bag (Black)

$68

The St. Bernadette Medallion Tote Bag features a beautiful double-sided custom print on a premium quality imitation leather tote bag. Comfortable and sturdy adjustable carrying straps with high-quality stitching for long-lasting durability. Soft, brushed polyester lining is finished with three interior side pockets to keep your items organized. A truly unique way to share your faith or a special holiday, birthday or confirmation gift.

 Medium: 9.8"T x 15.7"W x 5"D 
 Large: 11"T x 17.3"W x 6"D
 Adjustable Straps 11"
 Zippered Top Closure 

This is a couture item which is custom made-to-order. Our couture collection features exclusive, custom designs with our signature crown somewhere within the design. Not sold in stores and you won’t find this anywhere else!

Please expect longer than normal ship times. The carriers and shipping facilities are overwhelmed with more packages than they can handle at this time.

Our custom made-to-order tote bags ship world-wide directly from our exceptional craftsmen in China. Production Time Approximately: 7-10 days Ship Time by FedEx or DHL Express Approximately: 2-5 days. For FedEx or DHL Delivery, please use a physical street address for your shipping address. They can not deliver to PO Boxes. Destination tracking is available for most countries. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as your order has shipped.

Please Note that during peak shopping seasons, production and ship time may take a little longer than normal. If you are buying this item as a gift, please order as early as possible. We don't want to disappoint you or the gift recipient with a potentially delayed order.

For countries where tracking numbers are not available, this item should arrive by regular post within 2-4 weeks. Orders that have not arrived within 45 days from the time your order has shipped are eligible for a free reshipment or a refund.

MATERIALS 
This tote bag is made with a high quality, textured imitation leather with a Safiano Finish created by the luxury designer brand Prada. This material is made with split leather (that’s the fibrous part of the hide left over from making genuine leather) which has been bonded with polyurethane. This material is extremely durable and the image will not fade, peel or flake. The interior lining is a soft, brushed polyester. This tote bag is vegan and eco friendly.

CARE
Your freshly made bag might arrive with a "new bag smell" (similar to a new car smell) that some people love and others do not. When you receive your bag, please unwrap it and allow the bag breathe for 24-48 hours to absorb the natural scents of its surroundings. To clean your handbag, use a soft, damp towel to wipe away any dust or dirt. You can use a mild soap or cleaning spray if needed. Please do not put this handbag in the washing machine.

ST. BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS

1844 — 1879
Feast Days February 18 (New) and April 16 (Traditional)
Patron Saint of Bodily Illness, Lourdes, France, Shepherds, Against Poverty and People Ridiculed for their Faith.

 

Bernadette Soubirous was the first-born child of an extremely poor miller in the town of Lourdes in Southern France. The family was living in the basement of a dilapidated building when on February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette in a cave above the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes.

Bernadette, 14 years old, was known as a virtuous girl though a dull student who had not even made her first Holy Communion. In poor health, she had suffered from asthma from an early age.

There were 18 appearances in all, the final one occurring on July 16, the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Although Bernadette’s initial reports provoked skepticism, her daily visions of “the Lady” brought great crowds of the curious.

The Lady, Bernadette explained, had instructed her to have a chapel built on the spot of the visions. There, the people were to come to wash in and drink of the water of the spring that had welled up from the very spot where Bernadette had been instructed to dig.

According to Bernadette, the Lady of her visions appeared to be about 16 or 17 years old and she wore a white dress with a blue sash. Yellow roses covered her feet, and a large rosary was on her right arm. In the vision on March 25 she told Bernadette, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” It was then, when the words were explained to her, that Bernadette came to realize who the Lady really was.

Few visions have ever undergone the scrutiny that these appearances of the Immaculate Virgin were subject to. Lourdes became one of the most popular Marian shrines in the world, attracting millions of visitors. Miracles were reported at the shrine and in the waters of the spring. After thorough investigation, Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions in 1862.

During her life, Bernadette suffered much. She was hounded by the public as well as by civic officials until at last she was protected in a convent of nuns. Five years later, she petitioned to enter the Sisters of Notre Dame.

After a period of illness she was able to make the journey from Lourdes and enter the novitiate. But within four months of her arrival she was given the last rites of the Church and allowed to profess her vows. She recovered enough to become infirmarian and then sacristan, but chronic health problems persisted. She died on April 16, 1879, at the age of 35 and was canonized in 1933.

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