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Theca with relics of St Irene of Thessaloniki, St Lucia of Syracuse & St Martha of Bethany

Oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Saint Martyrs Irene of Thessaloniki, Lucia of Syracuse, and Martha of Bethany. The relics are affixed to a silk background, surrounded twisted silver wire ornamentation and identified on a paper cedula label in as ex ossibus / SS Irene, Luciae / et Martha V (of the bone of Saints Irene, Lucia, and Martha Virgin. On the back, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a faint imprint of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.

Saints Irene of Thessaloniki  (†304)   was one of three virgin sisters who, according to Christian tradition, were martyred for their faith.  Her feast day is April 3.

St. Lucia of Syracuse (†304), also known as Saint Lucy, or Saint Lucia (Italian: Santa Lucia), was a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution who is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Churches. She is one of eight women, who along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She is a patron of the blind; martyrs; Perugia, Italy; Mtarfa, Malta; epidemics; salesmen, Syracuse, Italy, throat infections, and writers.

Saint Martha of Bethany was a biblical figure described in the Gospels of Luke and John. Together with her sibling Mary of Bethany , she was witness to Jesus resurrecting her brother, Lazarus.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 104-RSABR-25
  • Size: 28 x 25 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Price: SOLD!
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