11/16 x 1/2 inch polished and satin finish 12kt gold filled Five Way medal on an 18 inch stainless steel gold plated chain. The medal pendant is shaped like a cross with budded and pointed ends. In the center is a raised and engraved image of a dove, the traditional symbol of the Holy Spirit, making this medal a Five Way one. Surrounding the dove are four symbols: St. Christopher, the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, and the Miraculous Medal. On the back of the medal with a brushed finish there is an image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on top followed by the Miraculous symbol on the bottom. The Miraculous symbol is comprised of the letter "M" with a cross on the top and two hearts and twelve stars. The "M" is an abbreviation for Mary, the cross represents the sacrifice of Jesus, and the two hearts are the immaculate heart of the Virgin Mary and for the sacred heart of Jesus. The twelve stars represent the apostles. Includes an elegant deluxe velour jewelry box.
The Five Way Medal: The Five Way Medal combines four medals that are significant to the Catholic Faith and either adds in a Sacred Heart symbol or a Dove representing the Holy Spirit in the center. Either of these symbols in the center makes the medal a Five Way medal. The four symbols that make up the medal (each on an end of the cross) are: The Sacred Heart of Jesus which shows Jesus pointing to his exposed heart, which is crowned with thorns. This is a reminder of the great sacrifice Jesus made. St. Joseph is shown holding the baby Jesus and a lily. His image represents guardianship and protection, and the lily is a symbol of purity and righteousness. St. Christopher carries the baby Jesus and represents how we must carry the teachings of Jesus with us wherever we go. He also is the patron saint of long journeys. Finally, the Miraculous Medal depicts the Virgin Mary standing on top of the world crushing a snake. This represents the origins of Jesus, his kingship over the world, and how he conquered evil.