The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
2. MARY'S WEDDING-RING.
[On July 29 ^th, 1821, Catherine Emmerich had a vision of the separate
grave-clothes of Our Lord Jesus and of images of Our Lord which had
been miraculously imprinted on cloths. Her visions led her through
various places in which these holy relics were sometimes preserved with
great honor and sometimes forgotten by men and venerated only by the
angels and by devout souls. In the course of these visions she thought
that she saw the Blessed Virgin's wedding-ring preserved in one of
these places, and spoke of it as follows:]
I saw the Blessed Virgin's wedding-ring; it is neither of silver nor of
gold, nor of any other metal; it is dark in color and iridescent; it is
not a thin narrow ring, but rather thick and at least a finger broad. I
saw it smooth and yet as if covered with little regular triangles in
which were letters. On the inside was a flat surface. The ring is
engraved with something. I saw it kept behind many locks in a beautiful
church. Devout people about to be married take their wedding-rings to
Figure 9. Saint Joseph in his wedding garments.
[On August 3 ^rd, 1821, she said:] In the last few days I have seen
much of the story of Mary's wedding-ring, but as the result of
disturbances and pain I can no longer give a connected account of it.
Today I saw a festival in a church in Italy where the wedding-ring is
to be found. It seemed to me to be hung up in a kind of monstrance
which stood above the Tabernacle. There was a large altar there,
magnificently decorated, one saw deep into it through much silverwork.
I saw many rings being held against the monstrance. During the festival
I saw Mary and Joseph appearing in their wedding garments on each side
of the ring, as if Joseph were placing the ring on the Blessed Virgin's
finger. At the same time I saw the ring shining and as if in movement.
To the right and left of this altar I saw two other altars, which were
probably not in the same church, but were only shown to me in my vision
as being together. In the altar to the right was an Ecce Homo picture
of Our Lord, which a devout Roman senator, a friend of St. Peter's, had
received in a miraculous manner. In the altar to the left was one of
the grave-clothes of Our Lord.
When the wedding festivities were over, Anna went back to Nazareth with
her relations, and Mary also went there, accompanied by several of her
playmates who had been discharged from the Temple at the same time as
her. They left the city in a festal procession. I do not know how far
the maidens accompanied her. They once more spent the first night in
the Levites' school at Bethoron. Mary made the return journey on foot.
Joseph went to Bethlehem after the wedding in order to settle some
family affairs there. He did not come to Nazareth until later.