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Documented reliquary with relics of 4 Evangelists & St. Mary Magdalene

Oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing relics of all four Evangelists: second class ex veste (0f the tunic) relic ofSt. John, the Apostle and Evangelist, and ex ossibus (of the bone) first class relics of the following - St. Mathew, the Apostle and Evangelist; St. Luke, the Evangelist; St. Mark, the Evangelist; and St. Mary Magdalene, known as the Apostle to the Apostles. The relics are affixed to a red silk background in a five-petal shape and identified on a paper cedula going around the perimeterOn the back, under protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of fr. Giovanni Andrea Miotti (†), Bishop of Parma (1882 - 1893)The reliquary is accompanied by a matching authentics document issued and signed by fr. Miotti in 1888. 

In Christian tradition, the Four Evangelists are Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, Saint Luke, and Saint John, the authors attributed with the creation of the four Gospel accounts in the New Testament that bear the following titles: Gospel according to Matthew; Gospel according to Mark; Gospel according to Luke and Gospel according to John.

Saint Mary Magdalene was a woman who, according to texts included in the New Testament, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and witnessed Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Within the four Gospels she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles and she has been merited the title "Apostle to the apostles" by the Roman Catholic Church. Mary Magdalene is considered to be a saint by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches—with a feast day of July 22. The Eastern Orthodox churches also commemorate her on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers, the Orthodox equivalent of one of the Western Three Marys traditions. During the Middle Ages, Mary Magdalene was regarded in Western Christianity as a promiscuous woman, claims not found in any of the four canonical gospels. She is a holy patron of Apothecaries; contemplative life; converts; glove makers; hairdressers; penitent sinners; people ridiculed for their piety; perfumeries; pharmacists; sexual temptation; tanners; ​and ​women in general.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 14-RSMB-12
  • Size: 37 x 32 mm
  • Age: ca. 1888, Parma, Italy
  • Materials: brass
  • Price: $5,950
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