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Association of the Miraculous Medal


History has it that the first Christmas cards were created by a British socialite who was experiencing anxiety over not being able to personally respond to the volumes of correspondence he received. As a solution, the man commissioned an artist friend to design a postcard with an image of a family dining at their Holiday table and a “To: ___” heading that allowed him to personalize each note.

The modern card industry came about 75 years later in the early 1900s, when the Hall Brothers of Kansas City discovered that a folded 4x6 card allowed people additional space to write more personalized notes while keeping the beautiful images that warmed the hearts of their loved ones.

Here at our Lady’s Association, we know well the encouraging power of a beautiful, personal note sent with love. This is why we have a tradition of sharing Christmas cards. We have several available for you to send as spiritual gifts to relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else in need of God’s loving grace.

The cards will not only warm the hearts of those you send them to, but will also grant the recipients a share in a beautiful Octave of Masses, beginning on Christmas Day offered here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Your loved ones will also be remembered in a Mass offered by the Vincentian community each week throughout the coming year.

I hope that by ordering these cards early, you will have plenty of time to mail them.You can call our office at 1-800-264-6279 or click here to order your cards.

I pray that Mary will watch over you and your loved ones this Christmas. I also pray that these Association Christmas cards will remind you and your loved ones of God’s greatest gift to the world— his Son, our Lord Jesus.

Thank you for all you do for our Lady’s Association. Please remember all our members in your prayers. We will be praying for you.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.
Spiritual Director

P.S. Be sure to order your cards now. Orders received after November 20 may not arrive in time for use by Christmas.