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Documented theca with a relic of Saint Christopher, Patron of Travelers

Late 18th-century oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca decorated on the outside by filigree ornamentation and housing first-class ex carne (of the body) relic of Saint Christopher of Lycia. The relic is affixed to a golden paper starburst on red silk background decorated with a silver cord and identified on a manuscript cedula label as Ex Carne / S. Christopheris (From the flesh of Christopher). On the back, the theca is secured with the perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Antonio Aloysius Schiafino. the Vicar General to Fr. Giovanni Lercari the Archbishop of Genoa (p. 1767–1802). 

Saint Christopher is venerated by several Christian denominations as a martyr killed in the reign of the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Decius. According to Tradition, he carried a child, who was unknown to him, across a river before the child revealed himself as Christ. Therefore, he is the patron saint of travelers, and small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles by Christians. St. Christopher is a widely popular saint, especially revered by athletes, mariners, ferrymen, and travelers. He is revered as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He holds patronage of things related to travel and travelers — against lightning and pestilence — and patronage for archers; bachelors; boatmen; soldiers; bookbinders; epilepsy; floods; fruit dealers; fullers; gardeners; a sudden death; mariners; market carriers; motorists and drivers; sailors; storms; surfers; toothache; mountaineering; and transportation workers. The Eastern Orthodox Church venerates Christopher of Lycea with a Feast Day on May 9 and the Roman Martyrology remembers him on 25 July.  

Additional Info

  • ID#: 20-RSMBR-7
  • Size: 65 x 58 mm (2 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in)
  • Age: ca. 1795
  • Origin: Genoa, Italy
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross