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Documented theca with relics of Saint Margaret of Antioch, (Saint Marina, the Great Martyr)

Oval glass-fronted silvered brass reliquary theca housing first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Margaret of Antioch, Martyr. The relics are affixed to a red silk background, surrounded by twisted silver wire ornamentation and identified on a bi-color cedula label as S. Margar. V. M.  (Saint Margaret , Virgin and Martyr). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Bonaventura Gazzola O.F.M. Ref. (†), Bishop of Cervia and Apostolic Administrator of Corneto. It is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by fr. Gazzola in 1819. 

Saint Margaret of Antioch is known as Saint Marina the Great Martyr in the East who is considered to be one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, and is one of the saints who spoke to Joan of Arc. She was declared apocryphal by Pope Gelasius I in 494, but devotion to her revived in the West with the Crusades. She was reputed to have promised very powerful indulgences to those who wrote or read her life, or invoked her intercessions; these no doubt helped the spread of her cultus. Her feast is celebrated by the Orthodox Church on July 17 and on July 20 in the Western Rite Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches. She is the Holy Patron of childbirth, pregnant women, dying people, kidney disease, peasants, exiles, falsely accused people; Lowestoft, England; Queens' College, Cambridge; nurses; Sannat and Bormla, Malta.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 101-RSABR-75
  • Size: 25 x 22 mm
  • Age: ca. 1819
  • Materials: silvered brass
  • Price: $3,750
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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