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Documented theca with relics of St Gertrude the Great, St Bridget of Sweden & Saint Frances of Rome Obl. S. B.

18th century oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing relics of ​Thee Roman Widows: Saint Gertrude the Great; Saint Bridget of Sweden; and Saint Frances of Rome Obl. S.B.The relics are affixed to a red silk background decorated with golden paperole and silver cord and identified on a manuscript cedulae labelsOn the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Venerable Francesco Antonio Marcucci (†1798), Bishop of Montalto (1770-1781). later Titular Patriarch of Constantinople (1781-1798), Confessor and advisor to Pope Clement XIV. It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Marcucci in 1780. 

Saint Gertrude the Great († ca. 1302) was a German Benedictine nun, mystic, and theologian. Patron of West Indies. Gertrude showed "tender sympathy towards the souls in purgatory" and urged prayers for them. She is therefore invoked for suffering souls in purgatory. In compliance with a petition from King Philip IV of Spain she was declared Patroness of the West Indies; in Peru her feast is celebrated with great pomp, and in New Mexico the town Santa Gertrudis de lo de Mora was built in her honor and bears her name.

Saint Bridget of Sweden († 1373); born as Birgitta Birgersdotter, also Birgitta of Vadstena, or Saint Birgitta (Swedish: den heliga Birgitta), was a mystic and saint, and founder of the Bridgettines nuns and monks after the death of her husband of twenty years. She is one of the six patron saints of Europe. Patron - Europe, Sweden, and Widows.

Saint Frances of Rome Obl. S. B. (†1440) is an Italian saint who founded a religious community of oblates, who share a common life without religious vows. She was canonized in 1608 by Pope Paul V and her feast is celebrated on March 9.  In 1925, Pope Pius XI declared her the patron saint of automobile drivers because of a legend that an angel used to light the road before her with a lantern when she traveled, keeping her safe from hazards. Within the Benedictine Order, she is also honored as a patron saint of all oblates. She is also a patron saint of widows.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 161-RSCR-2
  • Size: 32 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. 1780
  • Materials: Silver
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver