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Theca with first-class relics of St Leonard of Port Maurice, O.F.M.

Round glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first class ex praecordis (from the internal organs) relics of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice. The relics are affixed to a red silk background, surrounded by twisted silver wire ornamentation and identified on a typographic paper cedula label as Ex Praecor. S. Leonar. C. (from the internal organs of St. Leonard Confessor]. On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of the Franciscan order.

Saint Leonard of Port Maurice, O.F.M., (Italian: San Leonardo da Porto Maurizio) († 1751) was an Italian Franciscan preacher and ascetic writer called "the great missionary of the 18th century". Pope Pius VI pronounced his beatification on 19 June 1796, and Pope Pius IX his canonization on 29 June 1867. St. Leonard's Church in Boston, founded in 1873, is the first Roman Catholic Church in New England built by Italian immigrants. His Feast is celebrated on November 27.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 98-RSABR-25
  • Size: 25 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. late 19th century - ca. 1900
  • Origin: Italy
  • Price: $675
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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