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Reliquary monstrance with large relic of St. George, the Greatmartyr of Lydda

Baroque glass-fronted monstrance of gilt wood dating to 1830's housing very significant (70 mm - 2 3/4 inches long) first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint George, the Greatmartyr of Lydda. The relic is affixed to the red background,  surrounded by the decoration of silk flowers, and identified on a paper manuscript cedula label as Ex Oss Georgy MM  (Of the bone of Saint George Martyr and Soldier).  The monstrance is sealed on the back with a crisscrossed ribbon held by seals of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of important Vatican official - Monsignor Costantino Cardinal Patrizi Naro (†), Prefect of the Roman Curia (1832-1834), as such responsible for the distribution of relics (later - Secretary of Universal Inquisition (1876), Dean of the College of Cardinals (1870-1876), and the Archpriest of the Arcibasilica Saint John Lateran Basilica, the patriarchal cathedral church of Rome that houses the ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome (i.e. the Pope) (1867-1876)). Suitable for public veneration. 

Saint George of Lydda (†303), the Greatmartyr, was a Roman soldier and military officer in the Guard of Emperor Diocletian of the Roman army, who ordered his death for failing to recant his Christian faith. As a Christian martyr, he later became one of the most venerated saints in Christianity. Venerated as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Saint George is a holy patron of agricultural workers; archers; armourers; cavalry; chivalry; Constantinople; Crusaders; England; equestrians; Ethiopia; farmers; field workers; Georgia; Montenegro; Moscow; Order of the Garter; Palestine; Portuguese Army and Navy; Ptuj; riders; Romani people; saddle makers; Serbia; Scouts; sheep and shepherds; skin diseases; Slovenia; and soldiers.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 192-RSCR-185
  • Size: 16 1/2 in x 8 in (42 x 20 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1830's
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: Monstrance of gilt wood
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Orthodox Cross

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