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Documented theca with relics of St Philomena, Patron saint of the lost causes

Oval brass glass-fronted theca housing first-class ex ossibus relic of Saint Philomena. The relic is affixed to a faded silk background, surrounded by twisted wire and titled on a paper cedula label as Ex Oss. S. Philomenis (from the bone of Saint Philomena).  On the back, the theca is secured by a seal of red wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Cardinal Gabriel della Genga Sermattei († 1861), Archbishop of Ferrara, Italy (1834-1843) and Treasurer of the Sacred College of Cardinals. The theca is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and hand signed by Monsignor Sermattei in 1837, 

Saint Philomena was a young consecrated virgin whose remains were discovered on May 24/25 1802 in the Catacomb of Priscilla. The remains were translated to Mugnano del Cardinale in 1805 becoming the focus of widespread devotion; several miracles were credited to the saint's intercession, including the healing of Venerable Pauline Jaricot in 1835. Saint John Vianney attributed to her intercession the extraordinary cures that others attributed to himself. In 1833, a Neapolitan nun reported that Philomena had appeared in a vision to her, and the Saint had revealed that she was a Greekprincess, martyred at 13 years of age by Diocletian, who was Roman Emperor from 284 to 305. Saint Philomena is the Holy Patron of children, youth, babies, infants, priests, lost causes, sterility, virgins, Children of Mary, The Universal Living Rosary Association, Sibonga, and Cebu. Her feast day is venerated on the 11th of August.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 127-RSCR-65
  • Age: ca. 1837, Ferrara, Italy
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver