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Theca with first-class relics of St Adrian of Nicomedia, Soldier & Martyr

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Theca with first-class relics of St Adrian of Nicomedia, Soldier & Martyr

Oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Saint Adrian of Nicomedia. The relics are affixed to a red silk background, surrounded by gilt paperoles and twisted silver wire ornamentation and identified on a paper cedula label as S. Adriani M. (Saint Adrian, Martyr)On the back, the theca is secured by a seal of red wax with a faint inprint of a coat of arms of a Catholic bishop.

Saint Adrian of Nicomedia ​(†304) ​was a pagan officer and body guard at the imperial court of Nicomedia. He was so impressed by the strength and faith shown by persecuted Christians that he declared himself a Christian, though he had not even been baptized. He was immediately arrested and tortured. He and fellow prisoners were tended by his wife, Saint Natalia until they were executed. He was thrown to a lion, ​but the beast refused to touch him, ​then his legs broken with an anvil, and ​his body was ​hacked to pieces with a sword​. ​His body ​was ​burned, but when a storm extinguished the fire his wife salvaged his dismembered hand as a relic, and took it to Argyropolis near Constantinople​. ​His feast day is commemorated on March 4 and September 8 (translation of relics). ​His assistance is invoked against epilepsy​ and ​against plague and he is a holy patron of arms dealers​, ​butchers​, ​epileptics​, ​prison guards​ and ​soldiers​ as well as ​Flanders​ (​Belgium​)​​ and ​Germany​.​

Additional Info

  • ID#: 95-RSABR-25
  • Size: 27 x 30 mm
  • Age: ca. early 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $675
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross