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Reliquary with relics from the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary Soaked in the Holy Blood of Jesus

Opulent Baroque silver glass-fronted reliquary decorated by intricate flowers and an image of the Holy Spirit as a dove and containing an oval silver crystal fronted theca housing precious relic of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary Soaked in the Most Holy Blood of Jesus. The relics affixed to the background of multicolored silk surrounded by paperolle ornamentation and titled in 18th century ductus a Ex V[elo] DNJC / Imbuto Sang[inis] D[omini] N[ostr]i J[esus] C[hristi] (of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary soaked in the [Holy] Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ). The reliquary is sealed on the back with a perfectly preserved seal of Fr. Francesco Saverio Passari, Bishop of Larissa (1786-1808).

 According to tradition, the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary was worn by the Virgin as she stood at the foot of the Cross. It had been transferred in the early years of the Christianity from Jerusalem to Constantinople when it was presented by the Byzantine Empress Irene to the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne. In 876 his descendant Charles the Bald gave the relic to the cathedral at Chartres. The Veil is kept in a golden reliquary beside the high altar and has formed the focus of many traditions throughout the centuries. It was believed to have protected the faithful down through the centuries from many dangers and evils, including famine and war, outbreaks of the plague, and the worst ravishes of the French Revolution. The veil itself is more than six meters long and made of silk. Scientific studies have shown that it is of Syrian design, of fine quality and can be traced to the first century. Every year on 15th August, the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, the Veil is processed through the town of Chartres.

Although the Bible never mentions Christ's Blood being preserved, one of the apocryphal gospels asserts that Joseph of Arimathea preserved the Precious Blood after he had washed the dead body of Christ. A relic of the Blood of Jesus is of utmost significance, a uniquely important witness to Jesus’ Passion and a perpetual reminder of the historical character of the Christian Gospel. In Catholic belief, the Blood of Christ is precious because it is Christ's own great ransom paid for the redemption of mankind. Jesus is said to have given his life - his blood - for the sake of all humanity, atoning for every form of human sin.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 117-LCR-17
  • Size: 130 x 90 mm
  • Age: ca. late 18th century, Italy
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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