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Documented reliquary with relics of Saint Rita of Cascia, O.E.S.A.

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Documented reliquary with relics of Saint Rita of Cascia, O.E.S.A.

Round silver glass-fronted reliquary theca dating to 1930's housing first class ex veste (from the clothes) relics of Saint Rita of Cascia. The relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a typographic cedula as S Ritae a Cassia Vid. O.E.S.A. (Saint Rita of Cascia, Vidow, Order of St. Augustine). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a hardly visible imprint of a coat of arms of the Order of Saint Augustine sealed by Fr. Marian Rodriguez, Postulator General of the Order in 1930's responsible for a cause for beatification and canonization through the judicial processes required by the Roman Catholic Church. The reliquary is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Rodriguez and dated 193?

Saint Rita of Cascia (†1457) was an Italian widow and Augustinian nun venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church remembered for her Christian values as a model wife and mother who made efforts to convert her husband from his abusive behavior. Upon the murder of her husband by another feuding family, she sought to dissuade her sons from revenge subsequently joining an Augustinian community of religious sisters, where she was known both for practicing mortification of the flesh and for the efficacy of her prayers. Various miracles are attributed to her intercession, and she is often portrayed with a bleeding wound on her forehead, which is understood to indicate a partial stigmata. Pope Leo XIII canonized Rita on 24 May 1900. Her feast day is celebrated on May 22. At her canonization ceremony she was bestowed the title of Patroness of Impossible Causes, while in many Catholic countries, Rita came to be known to be as the patroness of abused wives and heartbroken women.

 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 44-RSABR-5
  • Size: 35 mm in diameter
  • Age and School: ca. 1930s
  • Materials: White metal
  • Price: $895
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