In 1513, Mary miraculously saved the ancient city of the Dukes of Burgundy, Dijon, against an invading Swiss army. German and Swiss forces totaling 45,000 men invaded the city which had only 6,000 defenders. The enemy army arrived on 8 September, the solemnity of Our Lady’s Nativity, with so many men that the local army saw nothing but a vast sea of shining armour, The Swiss opened up with heavy cannon fire, yet there were surprisingly few French fatalities. On Sunday, 11 September, a statue, the “Black Virgin,” also known as “Our Lady of Good Hope,” was carried through the streets as the French prayed to the Mother of God, to spare them from their deadly enemies. The following day a treaty was signed and the conflict ended unexpectedly.
In 1944 the German army occupied the city of Dijon snd the people again turned to Mary in prayer. On 11 September, the Nazi army unexpectedly left Dijon.
Today, on the feast day commemorating the miracles of Notre Dame de Bon Espoir (Our Lady of Good Hope) we present a unique antique medal from Dijon, France depicting the sacred statue. The delicate 5/8-inch sterling silver devotional shows gentle curvature as it carries more than a century of wear and blessings. The historic medal is strung on an 18-inch, 1.3 mm, sterling silver cable chain.