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Important documented Jesuit Exorcist's Multi-Relic Reliquary

Historically important unique double panel multi-relic reliquary dating to the first quarter of the 19th century with original 19th century document stating that the reliquary was used by Agostino Albergotti, bishop of Arezzo, to cure the sick and also for exorcism, The reliquary consists of 29 relics of the Virgin Mary, Christ's Passion, Apostles, founders of Catholic religious orders, Doctors of the Church,  local proto-saints and other important saints. It is held in a custom brass case decorated with a cypher of a member of Albergotti family on one side and Jesuit Christogram on the other.  

The documented use of the reliquary for Exorcism is especially interesting, signified by the image of Saint Michael, the Archangel whose name was specifically evoked for intervention during the Formal Exorcism.

Agostino Albergotti, (†1825) was a bishop of Arezzo (1802 - 1825).  Member of the noble Arsenal family, he first studied with the Jesuits in Arezzo and Prato, and then in the Collegio di Urbino. He moved to Rome to deepen his theological studies, and made significant connections with important figures of the Roman Curia. He was ordained as bishop of Arezzo in 1802 and devoted himself to intense pastoral activity and was particularly attentive to the formation of the clergy and assistance to the needy, to which he dedicated a considerable capital. He was reputed to be of an Exorcist and the document that comes with this reliquary proves that he was, indeed, performing Exorcism during his service as a Bishop of Arezzo.

2 part Albergotti reliquary ref

 Society of Jesus (Jesuit) Christogram

The undated and unsigned document that comes with the reliquary is hand-written on parchment in Italian lists the relics housed in the reliquary and states the following:

"Reliquary of the Saints of Our Family Albergotti divided into two parts. It is to be noted that the relics cannot be used in Church for the public adoration, as there are some relics of Saints who have not yet been beatified. 

And for this reason there is no authentics document is provided from the Holy Roman Church although (the reliquary is) properly secured with seals.

This reliquary was given to me by Mgr. Bishop Agostino Albergotti, and he himself used it and carried to the sick (and also used for exorcisms).

(It is decorated with) beautiful devotional images of the following:

Our Lord Jesus Christ is tied to the Column, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and (St. Paul of the Cross) the Founder of the Passionists, (as well as) with two medals, representing of St. Joseph and the other St. Michael the Archangel.

First Part with the image of Jesus at the Column of Flagellation

  1. Relic of the Holy Sepulcher of Our Lord Jesus Christ
  2. Wood from the True Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ
  3. (Relic of) the Purple (Robe) of Our Lord Jesus Christ
  4. Of the Column and Flagellas of Our Lord Jesus Christ

           Behind the above:

Centered around a medal with image of San Jospeph

  1. Of the dress of St. Francis of Assisi (founder of Orders of Saint Francis and Saint Claire)
  2. Of the bone of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
  3. Of the bone of St. Mary Magdalene Penitent
  4. Of the bone of St. Abbot Benedict (of Nursia) (founder of Western Monasticism)
  5. Of the bone of St. Dominic, Founder of the Dominican Order
  6. Of the dress of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
  7. Of the dress and bone by St. Francis Xavier (co-founder of the Society of Jesus)
  8. Of the bone of St. Camillus de Lellis
  9. Of the dress of St. Margarita de Cortona
  10. Of the dress St. Cajetan (co-founder of the Theatines)
  11. Of the dress of the Venerable Sister Domenica of Paradise
  12. Of the pallium of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  13. Of the dress of the Venerab(le) Father Paul of the Cross (Founder of the Passionists)

Second Part with the Image of Our Lady of Sorrows and the relic of the dress (Subucula) of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Centered around a medal with image of St. Michael the Archangel

  1. Of the bone of St. Paul the Apostle 
  2. Of the bone of St. Peter the Apostle
  3. Of the bone of St. Augustine Bishop of Hippo (Doctor of the Church)
  4. Of the bone of St. Donatus Bishop of Arezzo (Holy Patron of Arezzo)
  5. Of the bone of SS (brothers) Lorentino and Pergetino, protomartyrs of Arezzo
  6. Of the flesh of St. Catherine of Ricci
  7. Of the bone of St. Aloysius Gonzaga
  8. Of the flesh of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop (of Geneva)
  9. Of the flesh and coat of St. John of the Cross (co-founder of the Discalced Carmelites)
  10. St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) (co-founder of the Discalced Carmelites) 
  11. Relics of St. Philip Neri (founder of the Congregation of Oratory)
  12. Of the bone of San Antonio of Padua (Doctor of the Church)

Additional Info

  • ID#: 115-L60CR-3
  • Size: reliquary: 135 x 110 mm
  • Age: ca. 1810
  • Materials: brass
  • Price: SOLD!

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