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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 Marcelluswas 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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