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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Peter of Alcantara, Patron Saint of Brazil

Large silvered brass reliquary theca housing very large second-class ex corda (of the rope) relic of Saint Peter of Alcantara. The relic is affixed to a diamond piece of paper placed on light blue background, surrounded by paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as Ex Corde S. Peter de Alc. (from the rope of St. Peter of Alcantara). On the back, under the protective cap, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of unidentified Catholic Bishop.

Saint Peter of Alcantara, O.F.M. (Spanish: San Pedro de Alcántara) († 1562), was a Spanish Franciscan friar noted as a man of remarkable austerity and poverty who travelled throughout Spain preaching the Gospel to the poor. He wrote a Treatise on Prayer and Meditation, which was considered a masterpiece by St. Teresa, St. Francis de Sales, and Louis of Granada. While in prayer and contemplation, he was often seen in ecstasies and levitation. In his deathbed, he was offered a glass of water which he refused, saying that "Even my Lord Jesus Christ thirsted on the Cross...". He was beatified in Rome by Pope Gregory XV on April 18, 1622, and canonized by Pope Clement IX on April 28, 1669. He is a Patron Saint of Brazil, Eucharistic adoration, and Estremadura.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 01-RSMR-5
  • Size: 65 mm x 77 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Price: $1,350

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