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Reliquary theca with relics of 3 Martyr Saints: ​St Erasmus, St Lucy & St Ursula

Large oval glass-fronted brass theca housing ex ossibus (of the bone) first-class relics of theree saints:  ​​Saint Erasmus, Bishop of Formia and Martyr, Saint Lucia of Syracuse, Virgin Martyr and Saint Ursula, MartyrThe relics are affixed to a background of red silk decorated by paperole and paper ornamentation and titled on cedula labels as Ex oss[ibus] S Erasmi Ep. M / Ex tib[ia] S Luciae V.M. / Ex oss[ibus] S. Ursulae M. On the back, the theca is secured with a red wax seal with a coat of arms of a Catholic bishop.

Saint Erasmus of Formia (†c. 303)​, also known as Saint Elmo, was a Christian saint and martyr who ​is considered to be ​one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, saintly figures of Christian tradition who were venerated especially as intercessors. Pope St Gregory the Great recorded in the 6th century that the relics of Erasmus were preserved in the cathedral of Formia. When the old Formiae was razed by the Saracens in 842, the cult of Erasmus was moved to Gaeta. He ​is venerated as the patron saint of sailors, Gaeta, Formia, colic in children, intestinal ailments and diseases, cramps and the pain of women in labor, cattle pest, and ​Fort St. Elmo, (Malta) and his feast day is commemorated on June 2.

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.

Saint Ursula is a Romano-British Christian saint. Because of the lack of definite information about the anonymous group of holy virgins who on some uncertain date were killed at Cologne, their commemoration was omitted from the General Roman Calendar when it was revised in 1969, but they have been kept in the Roman Martyrology. She is a patron saint of Cologne, England, archers, orphans, students, Binangonan, Rizal.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 63-RSABR-1
  • Size: 72 x 53 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century, Italy
  • Materials: brass
  • Price: $1,750
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