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Reliquary theca with relics of 2 Church Fathers: Saints Gregory the Great & Basil the Great

Fancy Baroque glass-fronted bronze reliquary theca housing relics of two Fathers of the Church: Gregory the Theologian (known as Gregory of Nazianzus), Basil the Great (known as Basil of Caesarea). 

Saint Basil the Great Hierarch (known as Basil of Caesarea), was the Greek bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) and along with Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa is referred to as the Cappadocian Father. He was an influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church. In addition to his work as a theologian, Basil was known for his care of the poor and underprivileged. Basil established guidelines for monastic life which focus on community life, liturgical prayer, and manual labour and is remembered as a father of communal monasticism in Eastern Christianity.


Gregory the Theologian (known as Gregory of Nazianzus) was a 4th-century Archbishop of Constantinople, and theologian who is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. Along with the brothers Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, he is known as one of the Cappadocian Fathers. In the Roman Catholic Church he is numbered among the Doctors of the Church; in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches he is revered as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, along with Basil the Great and John Chrysostom. He is also one of only three men in the life of the Orthodox Church who have been officially designated "Theologian" by epithet, the other two being St. John the Theologian, and St. Symeon the New Theologian.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 15-LPR-2
  • Size: 50 x 35 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Materials: Bronze
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Orthodox Cross

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