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1789 Vatican ocumented reliquary with relics of Saint Lucia (Lucy) of Syracuse, Martyr

Oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca decorated on the perimeter with twisted wire and housing first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Saint Lucia of Syracuse. The relics are affixed to a red silk background around golden paperolle ornamentation and identified on a paper cedula as S. Luciae M. (Saint Lucia, Martyr). On the back the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of Francesco Saverio Cristiani O.E.S.A. (†), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon and the Sacristan to the Holy See (1782 - 1800)The reliquary is accompanied by a matching authentics document issued and signed by fr. Cristiani in 1789. The document has some damage on the left side as pictured. 

Saint Lucia of Syracuse (†304), also known as Saint Lucy, or Saint Lucia (Italian: Santa Lucia), was a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution who is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Churches. She is one of eight women, who along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She is a patron of the blind; martyrs; Perugia, Italy; Mtarfa, Malta; epidemics; salesmen, Syracuse, Italy, throat infections, and writers. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 08-RSMB-65
  • Size: 33 x 30 mm
  • Age: ca. 1789
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $2,750
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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