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Reliquary theca with relics of St Francis de Sales, St Jane Frances de Chantal & St Margaret Mary Alacoque

Oval glass-fronted gilt brass reliquary theca decorated with a row of crystals (one missing) housing second-class relics of three Catholic Saints: Saint Francis de Sales,  Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, and a pre-canonization relic of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. The relics are placed on silk background and identified on typographic cedulae labels. On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary.

Saint Francis de Sales, CO OM OFM Cap. (French: François de Sales; †1622) was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. Along with St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Sales founded the women's Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary (Visitandines) in 1610.

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal († 1641) was a French Roman Catholic Saint, who founded a religious order Congregation of the Visitation of Holy Mary (Visitandines). She was beatified on 21 November 1751 by Pope Benedict XIV, and canonized on 16 July 1767 by Pope Clement XIII. She is a patron of forgotten people; in-law problems; loss of parents; parents separated from children; and widows.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, V.H.M. (French Marguerite-Marie Alacoque) (†1690), was a French Roman Catholic nun and mystic, who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form. Mariologists refer to Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque as "living proof how Marian devotion is linked to 'Christology'" and the adoration of Jesus Christ. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920, and her Feast is celebrated on October 16. She is a Holy Patron of those suffering from polio, devotees of the Sacred Heart, and for the loss of parents.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 19-RSCRM
  • Size: 36 x 32 mm
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Price: $475
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