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Arma Christi, Relics of the Instruments of Christ's Passion Collection

The Passion of Christ is the sum total of events that brought physical and spiritual suffering to Jesus Christ in the last days and hours of his earthly life. A special place among the Passion of Christ is occupied by the events that occurred after the Last Supper: His arrest, judgment, scourging and execution — the culminating moment of the Christ's Passion. Relics of the Passion, also known as Arma Christi, are artefacts from the first century, preserved by the Catholic Church and venerated by Christians of all denominatins.

Spectacular reliquary with an important relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Spectacular Baroque faceted crystal-fronted silver cruciform reliquary decorated by stones of colored glass and housing significant relic from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The substantial relic consisting of three separate large pieces is identified on a bicolor manuscript cedulae labels reading clockwise DNJC  (Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the reliquary is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Placido Zurla, O.S.B. Cam., († 1834), Cardinal Vicar of Rome and Cardinal-Priest of the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem in Rome. 

  • ID# 217-RSCR-28
  • Size 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (190 x 135 mm)
  • Age ca. first third of the 19th century
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silver. crystal, glass, silk
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Important reliquary with large relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Opulent 18th-century Baroque reliquary monstrance of giltwood decorated with Arma Christi (Instruments of Passion) and housing very large and important relics from the wood from the True Cross of Jesus ChristThe relics are displayed in a  glass-fronted cruciform cavity located in the center of the monstrance and identified on a paper cedula label as  De Ligno S. Crucis DNJC  (of the wood from the Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the cavity is secured by four seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Antonio Paganini, Vicar General to Giuseppe Saporiti (+1767), Archbishop of Genoa (1746-1767). Fit for public veneration.

  • ID# 189-RSCR-18
  • Size Reliquary is 37 cm (14 1/2 in) high
  • Age ca. Mid-18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials Gilt wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Large reliquary theca with relic of the True Cross, the Virgin Mary, the Holy Family, Apostles & Catholic Saints

Large oval double-glass-paneled silver reliquary theca dating to the middle of the 18th-century housing relics of 12 important saints centered around particles from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ arranged in a cruciform shape. The theca contains relics of the following saints: Of the Vest of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Her spouse St. Joseph, St. Joachim and St. Anne – parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Zachariah and St. Elizabeth – parents of St. John the Baptist, St. John the Baptist, St. Louis, King of France, St. Peter the Apostle, St. Paul the Apostle, St. Hiacinth of Poland, and St. Aloysius de Gonzaga. 

The relics are affixed to a red stamped metal background decorated around the border with natural pearls and identified in Latin on fancy manuscript cedulae labels. On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of an unidentified Roman Catholic Archbishop.  Comes in an original silk-lined case of Florentine leather decorated with stamped and gilt ornamentation. 

  • ID# 35-RSSR-15
  • Size 13 x 11 cm (5 x 4 1/2 inches)
  • Age ca. mid-18th century
  • Origin France?
  • Materials silver, glass, silk, leather, wax
  • Price Price upon request

1867 Spectacular Documented Reliquary with facsimile Relics of the Holy Nails of Jesus Christ

Finely-cast bronze French Gothic style reliquary cabinet containing three facsimile third-class touch relics of the Holy Nails of Jesus Christ. The nails are certified by the individual seals of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of the Monastery of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem in Rome. The relics are identified in French on a fancy cedula label as Fac simile des Clous de la Vraie Croix (Facsimile of the Nails of the True Cross).

The reliquary cabinet contains the original matching authentics document stating the following:

We attest to each and every one reading the present document that the enclosed three iron nails fastened with red silk ribbons to the secure seals, were placed near the Sacred Nail, the very sacred relic with which Our Lord Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross, that We, the Cistercians preserved in the inner chapel of the urban Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, and the nails were made artistically to be elaborate so that it may seem very similar to the original. This document is issued in Rome in our Monastery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem on July 2, 1867.

The reliquary is suitable for private and public veneration. 

  • ID# 37-RSSR-2
  • Size 14 inches tall x 9 inches across x 6 1/2 inches deep (35 cm x 23 cm x 17 cm)
  • Age ca. 1867
  • Origin Rome, Italy
  • Materials Bronze, glass, velvet, silk, wax
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Important reliquary theca with rare relics of the Manger of Child Jesus & Twelve Apostles

Large oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing first-class relics of the Apostles centered around an extremely rare relic from the Manger of the Child Jesus. The relics are affixed to a red silk background decorated with elaborate gilt paperolle and silver wire ornamentation and identified in Latin on bi-color manuscript cedulae labels. The Precious relic of the Holy Crib is identified as De Cunis D.N.J.C. (of the Manger of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, under the protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Francesco Antonio Marcucci (†1798) Bishop of Montalto (1770–1798), Titular Patriarch of Constantinople (1781–1786), and Vicegerent of Rome (1774–1786). Fr. Francesco Antonio Marcucci himself was proclaimed to be Venerable in 2010 after Pope Benedict XVI ratified a decree celebrating his life of heroic Christian virtue.  

In addition to the Relic of the Manger of the Child Jesus, the reliquary contains relics of the following Apostles: Saint Peter; Saint Paul; Saint Andrew; Saint Bartholomew; Saint Jude Thaddeus; Saint James the Greater; Saint Thomas Didymus; Saint Simon; Saint Matthias; Saint James the Lesser; Saint Philip; Saint Barnabus; and Saint Matthew.

  • ID# 234-RSCR-5
  • Size 60 mm x 50 mm (2 x 2 1/3 inches)
  • Age ca. last quarter of the 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials silvered brass, glass, silk, silver, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary monstrance with 2 relics of the Passion - the True Cross and the Holy Shroud

Elegant 19th century Baroque reliquary monstrance of parcel gilt and whitewashed wood housing two significant relics of ​the Christ's Passion: of the wood from the True Cross and of the material from the Holy Shroud. The relics are displayed in a  grass-fronted cavity located in the center the monstrance and identified on a fancy-cut paper cedula label as  De Ligno + DN  (of the wood [from the True Cross] of Our Lord) and De Sindone DN (of the Shroud of Our Lord). On the back, the cavity is secured by four seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giovanni Francesco Capelletti (†1831), Bishop of Ascoli Piceno (1806-1831). Fit for a for public veneration.

  • ID# 147-RSCR-25
  • Size 12 1/2 in (32 cm) high
  • Age ca. first third of the 19th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials gilt wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary monstrance with 3 relics of the Passion of Christ - True Cross, Holy Thorn & Column of Flagellation

Large 18th-century reliquary monstrance housing relics of Christ's Passion: of the Wood from the True Cross, of the Holy Thorn from the Crown of Thorns, and of the Column of FlagellationThe relics are displayed in two grass-fronted cavities located in the center and the base of a cruciform monstrance of gilt wood. They are identified on a paper cedula labels as (top)  Ligno SS. Cruc. D. J. / Columna D. J. ([of] the Wood [from] the Most Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ / [of] the Column of Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ) and (bottom) as De Spina D. N. J. C. ([of] the Thorn of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the cavities are secured by four seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Aloisio Buonamici (†), Bishop of Volterra (1782-1791). Fit for a large place of public veneration. 

  • ID# 143-RSCR-22
  • Size Reliquary: 42 cm / 16 1/2 inches high
  • Age ca. late 18th century, Italy
  • Materials gilt wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Monstrance reliquary with relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Elaborate Baroque 18th-century monstrance of gilt wood with crossed Arma Christi surmounted by carved wooden canopy containing oval silver glass-fronted theca housing relic of the Passion of Jesus Christ: particles of the Wood from the True Cross. The relics are mounted in cruciform shape on a background of red silk and surrounded by gold burst and twisted silver wire decoration. They are identified on elaborately cut out paper cedula label as Ex Lingo SS-mae Crucis D.N.J.C. (From the wood of the Most Precious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). The theca is authenticated on the back with perfectly preserved red wax seal of Francesco Gaetano Incontri (†1781), the Archbishop of Florence (p. 1741-1781). 

  • ID# 122-LCD-12
  • Size Monstrance: 42 x 17 cm
  • Age ca. third quarter of the 18th century, Italy
  • Materials gilt wood monstrance and silver theca
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary Monstrance with relic from the Titulus Crucis (INRI) of the True Cross of Jesus

Small Baroque reliquary monstrance made of wood with silvered front housing inside of a glass-fronted compartment a significant ex Titulus Crucis  (from the Inscription board on the True Cross) relic of Christ's Passion.  The precious relic is affixed to a background of red silk decorated with gilt paperolle and identified on a fancy-cut manuscript cedula as Tabula Titul[i] Crucis DNJC (From the Titulus tablet of the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the relic is secured with a crisscrossed silk cord held in place by four perfectly preserved seals of red Spanish wax each with an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Antonio Martini (†1809), Archbishop of Florence (1781-1809).  

  • ID# 41-RSCRM-7
  • Size Reliquary is 7 1/2 in (19 cm) high
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Origin Florence, Italy
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Fancy silver theca with relics of the True Cross and Apostles of Christ

18th-century oval silver double-crystal reliquary theca decorated on the top with bow-shaped silver wire ornamentation and housing relics of the Twelve Apostles of Christ centered around the relic of the True Cross. The relics are affixed to a gold silk background decorated with gilt paperolle, silver wire, and floral ornamentation and identified on manuscript cedulae labels as St. Peter the Apostle, St. Paul the Apostle, St. Andrew the Apostle, St. James the Great the Apostle, St. Philip the Apostle, St. [Jude] Thaddeus the Apostle, St. Matthew the Apostle, St. Bartholomew the Apostle, St. Matthias the Apostle, St. Simon the Apostle, St. James [the Less] the Apostle, and St. Thomas the ApostleOn the back, the theca is secured with a well-preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.

  • ID# 03-RSSR-1
  • Size 110 x 67 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials silver, crystal
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

1883 Documented crystal theca with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Fancy 18th-century double-crystal silver-set reliquary housing large particle relics of wood from the True Cross of Jesus ChristThe relics are displayed in cruciform shape under faceted rock crystal glass framed by an elaborate ornamental frame. The theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Adolphe-Louis-Albert Cardinal Perraud C.O. (†1906), Archbishop of Autun–Chalon-sur-Saône–Mâcon–Cluny, France (1874–1884), and Superior General of Société de l’Oratoire de Jésus (1884–1901). It comes with a re-certification document issued by Monsignor Perraud in 1884 with an additional hand-written and sealed certification on the right margin dated 1889.

  • ID# 230-RSCR-11
  • Size 75 x 50 mm ( 2 3/4 x 2 inches)
  • Age Reliquary - ca. 18th century, recertification and document 1889
  • Origin Autun, France
  • Materials crystal, silk, paper, beads, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented reliquary with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Substantial oval glass-fronted silvered metal reliquary theca housing relics from the Holy Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The relics are affixed to a red silk background in a cruciform shape and identified on a paper cedula in the upper part as D.N.J.C. (Domini Nostri Jesus Christi  - Our Lord Jesus Christ)On the back, under the protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of fr. Giovanni Tommaso Neuschel (†) in a capacity of Bishop of Parma (1843 - 1852)The reliquary is accompanied by a matching authentics document issued and signed by fr. Neuschel in 1845. 

  • ID# 15-RSMB-125
  • Size 46 x 36 mm
  • Age ca. 1845
  • Origin Parma, Italy
  • Price $5,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Fine Silver Pectoral Cross with Relics of Christ's Passion: of the Cross, of the Scepter, of the Sponge, Sweat Cloth, of the Crown of Thorns, of the Spear, of the Nail

A fine 18th-century silver pectoral cross housing seven precious relics of Christ's Passion centered around a relic of the True Cross. The relics are placed in the inner compartments covered by a hinged lid  held in place by a silver capped screw and identified in Latin on typeset cedulae labels as:

  1. S. Spinensis Coronae D.N.J.C. - of the Crown of Thorns of our Lord Jesus Christ
  2. S. Sceptrum D.N.J.C. - of the Reed Scepter  of our Lord Jesus Christ
  3. [of the Wood of the True Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ]
  4. S. Sudarii D.N.J.C. - of the Sweat Cloth (the Veil of Veronica) of our Lord Jesus Christ
  5. S. Hasta D.N.J.C. - of the Spear of our Lord Jesus Christ
  6. S. Spongia D.N.J.C. - of the Holy Sponge of our Lord Jesus Christ
  7. S. Clav. D.N.J.C. - of the nail [from the Cross] of our Lord Jesus Christ
  8. The last relic is unfortunately lost

The cross has a depiction of Christ on the front and back and is hallmarked on the ends of the cross's arms with an 18th-century mark of a silversmith from Napoli, Italy.

  • ID# 22-RSSR-16
  • Size 124 x 77 mm (4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Napoli, Italy
  • Materials silver, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of the Shroud Of Jesus Christ (Shroud of Turin)

Rare 18th-century silver glass-fronted theca containing five significant threads from the Holy Shroud of Jesus Christ also known as the Shroud of Turin. The relics are affixed to a gilded paper starburst on the red silk background, surrounded by gold and silver wire ornamentation, and titled in 18th-century bi-color ductus as De Sindone DNJC (from the Shroud of Our Lord Jesus Christ). Theca is secured on the back by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing a clear imprint of the coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.

  • ID# 207-RSCR-1
  • Size 50 x 40 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials silver, silvered brass, glass
  • Price $5,500
  • Orthodox Cross

1803 Vatican documented reliquary with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

A double-crystal silver-set reliquary housing sizable particle relics of wood from the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The relics are displayed in cruciform shape under faceted rock crystal glass.  On the back, the reliquary is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Cardinal Giulio Maria Cardinal della Somaglia (†1830), Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria sopra Minerva and Vicar General of the Vatican under Pope Pius VII. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Monsignor della Somaglia in 1803.

  • ID# 75-RSMBR-5
  • Size 42 x 31 mm
  • Age ca. 1803
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials crystal, silver, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of the Shroud Of Jesus Christ (Shroud of Turin)

Important 18th-century silver glass-fronted theca containing six significant threads from the Holy Shroud of Jesus Christ also known as the Shroud of Turin. The relics are affixed to a gilded paper starburst affixed to the gold silk background, surrounded by silver wire ornamentation, and titled on a fancy manuscript cedula label as De Linteo Sindone D. N. Jesu C. (from the Cloth of the Shroud of Our Lord Jesus Christ). Theca is secured on the back by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing a clear imprint of the coat of arms of Fr. Enrique Laso de la Vega (†1729) Titular Bishop of Thaumacus (1728-1729).

  • ID# 208-RSCR-75
  • Size 39 x 34 mm
  • Age ca. first quarter of the 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials silver, glass
  • Price $5,000
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Large reliquary theca with a rare Holy Bandage Passion relic of Jesus Christ

Large reliquary theca with a rare Holy Bandage Passion relic of Jesus Christ

Large oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing Ex Fascia (of the Holy Bandage wrapping the Corpse) Passion Relic of Jesus Christ. A substantial relic is affixed to the background of blue silk ground surrounded by gilt paperolle ornamentation and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as Ex Fascia D.N. Iesu Christi (Of the [Holy] Bandage of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Fr. Giovanni Luca Solari (†1810), Bishop of Brugnato, Italy (p. 1792-1810).

  • ID# 87-RSMBR-6
  • Size 57 x 48 mm (2 1/4 x 2 inches)
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Origin Liguria, Italy
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of Arma Christi - the Passion of the Christ (Sponge, Thorn, and Purple Robe)

Egg-shaped silver glass-fronted theca housing relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ: Of the Holy Sponge, Of the Thorn from the Crown of Thorns and of the Purple Robe. The relics are mounted on a background of red silk and surrounded by paperolles and gilt paper ornamentation. They are identified on a paper cedula inscribed in bi-color dictus as DNJC (Our Lord Jesus Christ) / De Spongia (of [Holy] Sponge) / De Spin[a] Cor[onae] (of the Holy Thorn from the Crown of Thorns) / De Purpurae (of the Purple [Robe]). The theca is authenticated on the back with perfectly preserved red wax seal of Fr. Francesco Gaetano Incontri, Archbishop of Florence (p. 1741-1781).

  • ID# 125-LCR-8
  • Size 50 x 40 mm
  • Age ca. mid-18th century, Florence, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $3,750
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Greek Icon - Crucifixion of Christ with Mourners

A Greek icon is depicting crucified Christ flanked by mourning Mary, Mother of Jesus and St. John the Apostle. Behind them the walls of Jerusalem. Finely executed on a gold ground.

  • ID# 475-HGi-8
  • Size 14 1/2 x 12 in (36.7 x 30.3 cm)
  • Age ca. 19th century.
  • Origin Greece
  • Materials Oil on gilded wood panel
  • Price $3,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Rare documented touch relic of the Holy Lance of Jesus Christ - the Spear of Destiny

Incredibly rare touch relic made from the silver object that touched the most powerful and mysterious Passion relic - The Holy Spear of Jesus also known as the True LanceThe reliquary is affixed to the original  authentics document dated 1758 and issued and hand-signed by Fr. Nicola Manciforte (†1762), Bishop of Ancona. 

The document written in Latin translates as:

"...that this silver tip of a Lance, tied to this [letter] with a ribbon of red color, and secured with a small Seal of ours impressed in Spanish Wax, touched the Very Sacred Point of the Lance with which the Side of the Savior was pierced while he was hanging on the Cross; that it exists amongst the rest of the quite famous Relics, by the possession of which our Church was distinguished as the Cathedral of St. Cyriacus; and that it rouses and fosters the piety of the Faithful wondrously well, and draws them to itself...."

The Holy Spear is also known as the Holy Lance is the name of the very spear that had pierced Christ’s side when he hanged on the cross. The first person to refer to this as the Holy Spear was pilgrim Antoninus of Piacenza in 570 AD. While describing the holy places of Jerusalem, he said that in the Basilica of Mount Zion, there was the crown of thorns which Our Lord was crowned and the spear which was used to strike Him in the side. It was rediscovered by the European army of the First Crusade in the city of Antioch on June 15th, 1098, but eventually ended up in the treasury of Constantinople. It is documented, that the holy relic of the True Lance passed through Ancona (an Italian city on the Adriatic side of the Peninsula), in 1492 on its way from Bayezid II the Turkish Sultan (whose father obtained it in 1451 during the conquest of Constantinople) to Pope Innocent VIII by the hand of Pierre d'Abusson, Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. The Pope placed it the Treasury of the old St. Peter's Basilica in Rome with the volto santo where it is held in great veneration. It is now in one of the great piers of the present St. Peter's Cathedral and in front of it, over the image of Longinus is inscribed "The Spear of Longinus, which Innocent VIII, the Chief Pointif received from Bayezid Sultan of the Turks; Urban VIII transferred it to a decorated shrine rasing an image and erecting the shrine beneath." (see for more information: Relics from the Crucifixion: Where They Went and How They Got There. By J. Charles Wall.)

Since there are no records of the Cathedral of Ancona retaining a part of the True Lance when it was passing through the town on its way to Rome, it is believed that the offered relic was obtained by melting a larger silver object that touched the tip of the True Lance in 1492. A number of analogous documented reliquaries are known, but their number is extremely small and they are in very high demand because of the impossibility of making new touch relics from the True Lance held in the Vatican after it was transferred to the pier of St. Peter's basilica in the 17th century.

  • ID# 129-RSCR-125
  • Age ca. 1758
  • Materials silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Attractive 19th Century Reliquary with relics of the Christ's Passion, Sepulture of Mary and Selected Saints

Attractive multiple relic reliquary, centered on the Holy Sepulchre and the Manger of Our Lord. Mounted against a red silk background, ornamented with gold and silver devices, and housed in a sealed, cast bronze reliquary theca further decorated with an inner ring of silver braid.

  • ID# 64-DDR-6
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Price $2,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary with Passion relic of the Holy Rope of Jesus Christ

Oval silver crystal-fronted reliquary decorated on the outside with twisted wire housing rarely seen Passion relic of the Holy Rope of Jesus Christ.  The relics are surrounded by paperole ornamentation and titled on a paper cedula in 18th century ductus as De Fune D.N.J.C. The theca is protected on the back with perfectly preserved seal of Italian bishop. 

  • ID# 81-RSSR-56
  • Size 25 x 28 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century, Italy
  • Price $2,600
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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