On September 19, 1846, about 3:00 in the afternoon, two children in southeast France beheld a vision of the Virgin Mary.
A shepherdess of 15 named Mélanie and a shepherd boy of 11 named Maximin were tending cows on a mountain about three miles distant from the village of La Salette when both of them saw a "beautiful lady" seated and crying, surrounded by light.
The children described the lady as wearing a long white dress, slippers decorated with gold buckles and roses, and a headdress capped with roses. Speaking alternately in French and in the children's native dialect, she gave them a message which they were "to deliver to all her people."
During her message the lady continued to weep and warned, "If my people refuse to submit, I will be forced to let go the arm of my Son. It is so strong and so heavy, I can no longer hold it back." She complained of the loss of faith in the area, the desecration of the Sabbath, and the profanation of her Son's name, saying, "This is what makes the arm of my Son so heavy."
The lady went on to speak of hope of divine mercy if the people amended their lives, and encouraged the children to say their prayers regularly. "You should say them well, at night and in the morning, even if you say only an Our Father and a Hail Mary when you can't do better. When you can do better, say more." Finally, before disappearing she communicated to each of the children a special secret.
This is a beautiful bracelet in brown and white with glass and stone beads. The medal has a clear depiction of Jesu on the front. The reverse is an apparition scene with Our Lady of LaSalette visiting Maximin and Melanie.
Size: 16.5 cm