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

Oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing very large first-class Ex Ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Peter of Alcantara. The relic is housed in a theca on a deep red background decorated with light blue ring containing identification in cut-out characters as S. Oietri d'Alcantra. On the back, under protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax with barely visible 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#: 18-RSMR-5
  • Size: 48 x 35 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Price: $695
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