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Reliquary theca with relics of St Joseph of Leonessa, St Felix of Nicosia & St Bernardino of Siena

Large oval crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing relics of three Cathgolic saints: Saint Joseph of Leonessa, Saint Felix of Nicosia and Saint Bernardino of Siena. The relics are affixed to a silver silk background identified on manuscript cedulae labels. On the back, the theca is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of Antonio Paganini, Vicar General to Giuseppe Saporiti (+1767), Archbishop of Genoa (1746-1767).

Saint Joseph of Leonessa, O.F.M. Cap., (Italian: Giuseppe da Leonessa) (†1612) is a saint of the Catholic Church and a Capuchin monk who preached to the poor and reconciled feuding families as well as warring cities which had been at odds for years. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1746. His feast day is kept on February 4, within the Franciscan Order.

Saint Felix of Nicosia, O.F.M. Cap. (†1787) was a Capuchin friar who had a particular veneration for the Blessed Sacrament, spending hours in front of the tabernacle, even after having endured the harsh trials of every day. He was endowed with the gift of healing both physical and spiritual diseases and he delighted in tending the sick. He could also bilocate in the same way as another Capuchin friar of modern times, Padre Pio. He was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. In 1891, his relics were translated to the cathedral of the city for greater access by the public who wished to venerate him. He was canonized on 23 October 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Saint Bernardino of Siena, also known as Bernardine (†1444) was an Italian priest and Franciscan missionary famous during his own lifetime for preaching against sorcery, gambling, infanticide, witchcraft, sodomy, Jews, and usury. Bernardino was later canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint - where he is also referred to as “the Apostle of Italy” - for his efforts to revive the country's Catholic faith during the 15th century. He is a patron saint of advertising, communications, compulsive gambling, respiratory problems, as well as any problems involving the chest area. He is the patron saint of Carpi, Italy; the Philippine barangays of Kay-Anlog in Calamba, Laguna and Tuna in Cardona, Rizal; and the diocese of San Bernardino, California, USA. Siena College, a Franciscan Catholic liberal arts college in New York, USA, was named after him and placed under his spiritual patronage. His Feast day is commemorated on May 20.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 22 -RSCRM
  • Size: 50 x 44 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Genoa, Italy
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $675
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