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Reliquary theca with relic of Saint Roche (Rocco)

Crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing reic of Saint Roch (Rocco). The relic is affixed to a background of multicolored silk and surrounded by paperole and twisted wire ornamentation. It is labeled on a paper cedula as S. Rocciu C. and secured on the back with red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of a Catholic Bishop.

Saint Roch or Rocco († 1327) was a Catholic saint, a confessor specially invoked against the plague. He is a patron saint of dogs and falsely accused people, among other things. His popularity, originally in central and northern Italy and at Montpellier, spread through Spain, France, Lebanon, the Low Countries, Brazil, and Germany, where he was often interpolated into the roster of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, whose veneration spread in the wake of the Black Death. The 16th-century Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the adjacent church of San Rocco were dedicated to him by a confraternity at Venice, where his body was said to have been surreptitiously translated and was triumphantly inaugurated in 1485.Numerous brotherhoods have been instituted in his honor. The Third Order of Saint Francis, by tradition, claims him as a member and includes his feast on its own calendar of saints, observing it on August 17.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 561-MRR-1
  • Size: 34 x 32 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver