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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Ambrose of Milan, Patron of Police Officers

Glass-fronted silver reliquary theca dating to the 19th-century and housing relics Saint Ambrose of Milan, Doctor of the Church. The relics are affixed to a gold silk background and identified on a crescent-shaped paper cedula label as S. Ambrosii, Ep. D. (Saint Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Archbishop of Milan. 

Saint Aurelius Ambrosius (†397), better known in English as Ambrose, was a bishop of Milan who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. Ambrose was a staunch opponent of Arianism, and has been accused of fostering persecutions of Arians, Jews, and pagans. Traditionally, Ambrose is credited with promoting "antiphonal chant", a style of chanting in which one side of the choir responds alternately to the other, as well as with composing Veni redemptor gentium, an Advent hymn. Ambrose was one of the four original Doctors of the Church, and is the patron saint of Milan. His feast day is celebrated on December 7 and he is a patron saint of Bee keepers; bees; bishops; candle makers; domestic animals; French Commissariat; geese; learning; livestock; Milan; police officers; students; and wax refiners.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 04-RSCRM
  • Size: 35 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Milan, Italy
  • Materials: Silver
  • Price: $1,25020% off$1,000
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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