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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint James of the Marches, OFM

Round silver glass-fronted reliquary theca dating to 1920's housing first class ex habite (from the robe) relics of Saint James of the Marches. The relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a typographic cedula as S. Jac. Pic. C. (Sancti Jacobi de Piceno, Confessoris). 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 Friars Minor Capuchin sealed by Fr. Anthony M. Santarelli, Postulator General of the Order in 1920's responsible for a cause for beatification and canonization through the judicial processes required by the Roman Catholic Church.

Saint James of the Marches, O.F.M., (†1476) (Latin: Sancti Jacobi de Piceno) was an Italian Friar Minor, preacher and writer, remarkable for the miracles he performed and the numerous conversions he wrought. James preached penance, combated heretics, and was also appointed inquisitor against the Fraticelli, a heretic sect that dissented from the Franciscans. He was buried in Naples in the Franciscan church of Santa Maria la Nova, where his body remained until 2001. At the instigation of the provincial minister (Franciscan superior) of the Marches region, his body was relocated to Monteprandone, where it remains incorrupt and visible to the public today. He was beatified by Pope Urban VIII in 1624, and canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726. Naples venerates him as one of its patron saints and his liturgical feast day is observed by the Franciscan Order on 28 November.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 19-RSABR-2
  • Size: 30 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. 1920's
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $375
  • Silver

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