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Large reliquary theca with relics of Saint Virgin Martyr Saint Philomena

Large oval glass-fronted brass theca housing several relics of Saint Philomena,  first-class relics ex ossibus  (of the bone) and ex Capillis sericis (of the strand of hair) and second-class ex Camisia (of the undergarment).The relics are affixed to a light blue paper background and titled on typographic cedulae labels.  On the back, the theca is secured with a partially preserved red wax seal with a coat of arms of Bishop Gennaro Pasca (†), Bishop of Nola (1828-1855)

Saint Philomena was a young consecrated virgin whose remains were discovered on May 24/25 1802 in the Catacomb of Priscilla. The remains were translated to Mugnano del Cardinale in 1805 becoming the focus of widespread devotion; several miracles were credited to the saint's intercession, including the healing of Venerable Pauline Jaricot in 1835. Saint John Vianney attributed to her intercession the extraordinary cures that others attributed to himself. In 1833, a Neapolitan nun reported that Philomena had appeared in a vision to her, and the Saint had revealed that she was a Greekprincess, martyred at 13 years of age by Diocletian, who was Roman Emperor from 284 to 305. Saint Philomena is the Holy Patron of children, youth, babies, infants, priests, lost causes, sterility, virgins, Children of Mary, The Universal Living Rosary Association, Sibonga, and Cebu. Her feast day is venerated on the 11th of August.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 68-RSABR-75
  • Size: 70 x 57 mm
  • Age: ca. first half of the 19th century
  • Origin: Naples, Italy
  • Price: $75020% off$600
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