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Reliquary theca with relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary & 8 Servite Order Saints: 7 Founders, St Philip Benitius, Bl Francis Patrizzi, Bl James Philip Bertoni, St Juliana Falconieri, St Peregrine Laziosi, Bl Joachim Piccolomini & Bl John Angelo Porro

Oval  glass-fronted brass theca housing relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary and 8 relics of saints and blessed venerated by the Order of Servants of Mary (The Servites): Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order, Saint Philip Benitius, Blessed Francis Patrizzi, Blessed James Philip Bertoni,Saint Juliana Falconieri, Saint Peregrine Laziosi, Blessed Joachim Piccolominiand Blessed John Angelo Porro.The relics are affixed to a red silk background, surrounded by golden paperole ornamentation and titled on cedulae labels in bi-color ink.  On the back, the theca is secured with a well preserved red wax seal with a coat of arms of a Catholic bishop. 

Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order were canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. These seven were: Buonfiglio dei Monaldi (Bonfilius), Giovanni di Buonagiunta (Bonajuncta), Amadeus of the Amidei (Bartolomeus), Ricovero dei Lippi-Ugguccioni (Hugh), Benedetto dell' Antella (Manettus), Gherardino di Sostegno (Sostene), and Alessio de' Falconieri (Alexius). They have a common feast day on 17 February.

Saint Philip Benitius O.S.M. (Philip Benizi de Damiani) (†1285) was a general superior of the Order of the Servites, and credited with reviving the order. Pope Leo X had beatified him in 1516; and Pope Clement X canonized him as a saint in 1671.

Blessed Francis Patrizzi O.S.M. (†1328) - Italian member of the Servite Order. Born in Siena, he joined the Servites after listening to a moving sermon delivered by Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni, whose eloquence was the final inspiration for Francis to enter the religious life. St. Philip Benizi himself received Francis into the Servites. As a Servite. Francis distinguished himself with his holiness and his remarkable ability to solve crises of various kinds through his personal mediation.

Saint Juliana Falconieri, O.S.M., (†1341) was the Italian foundress of the Religious Sisters of the Third Order of Servites (or the Servite Tertiaries). The Servite Order was approved by Pope Martin V in 1420. Pope Benedict XIII recognized the devotion long paid to her and granted the Servites permission to celebrate the feast of the Blessed Juliana. Pope Clement XII canonized her in1737, and extended the celebration of her feast day (June 19) to the entire Church. 

Saint Peregrine Laziosi O.S.M. (Pellegrino Latiosi) (†1345) is an Italian saint of the Servite Order (Friar Order Servants of Mary) who afflicted his body with various forms of mortification and, as a result, at the age of sixty, suffered from varicose veins degenerated into cancer of the right leg. His condition deteriorated to the point that a physician decided to amputate the leg. The night before the surgery Peregrine dragged himself before the crucifix in the chapter room. There he became drowsy and seemed to see Jesus descend from the cross to heal his leg. The following day, the doctor arrived to perform the amputation but could find no sign of the cancer, or even of a wound. He was so shocked that he spread the news of the miracle throughout the town. Saint Peregrine’s body rests in the Servite church of Forlì, the Basilica of Saint Pellegrino Laziosi. Pope Paul V declared him blessed in 1609 and Pope Benedict XIII canonized him in 1726. The liturgical feast of Saint Peregrine is on May 4. He is the patron saint for persons suffering from cancer, AIDS, or other illness.

Blessed James Philip Bertoni O.S.M. (†1483) - a Servite religious, who following his ordination to the priesthood, manifested a great devotion and reverence in celebrating Mass, contemplating the "mystery of the cross". ​He served as procurator of the Servite priory of Faenza. On one occasion, he healed an ill monk by making the sign of the cross over him three times. On his deathbed, Father James continued his daily recitation of the Divine Office while holding a crucifix, which he frequently kissed. It was while praying thus that he died.

Blessed Joachim Piccolomini O.S.M. (†1305), also known as Joachim of Siena, or, in Italian, Giovacchino Piccolomini, was an Italian Servite tertiary from Siena who reportedly died when he was unable to console an epileptic with words, so he begged God that he might take the illness upon himself. He was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1609 and is venerated especially in Arezzo and Siena.

Blessed John Angelo Porro O.S.M. (†1505) was a Servite religious who withdrew to Monte Senario so that he might give his whole life to penance and contemplation. After living at Monte Senario for almost twenty years he returned to Milan where he engaged in the careful preparation of young children in Christian doctrine. Pope Clement XII entered the name of John Angelo in the catalog of the blessed in 1737.



Additional Info

  • ID#: 69-RABR-5
  • Size: 44 x 35 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century, Italy
  • Price: SOLD!

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