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Theca with a relic of St Abercius of Hieropolis, Equal-to-the-Apostles

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Theca with a relic of St Abercius of Hieropolis, Equal-to-the-Apostles

Round glass-fronted reliquary theca housing relics of Saint Abercius of Hieropolis. The relics are affixed to a red silk background, surrounded twisted silver wire ornamentation and identified on a paper cedula label as S. Aberic. (St. Abericus). 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 a Roman Catholic bishop.

Abercius of Hieropolis (†c. 167), also known as Abercius Marcellus​, was a bishop of Hierapolis at the time of Marcus Aurelius ​who is said to have evangelized Syria and Mesopotamia, and is on that basis referred to as one of the Equals-to-the-Apostles. He was imprisoned under Marcus Aurelius, and died about 167.​ ​​His feast day is celebrated on October 22 (for those churches which follow the Julian Calendar, October 22 occurs on the Gregorian Calendar date of November 4).

Additional Info

  • ID#: 102-RSABR-25
  • Size: 27 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: brass
  • Price: $575
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