small head 4

Home>>Catholic Relics

Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Michael the Archangel from Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano

Fancy glass-fronted silver theca containing a second-class relic of Saint Michael the Archangel from the cave in the Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano. The relic is affixed to a background of gold silk decorated with gilt paperolle and silver wire ornamentation and identified on a bi-color manustript cedula label as S. Michael Arcangeli. The theca is secured on the back with a seal of red Spanish wax showing coat of arms of Giulio Arrigoni O.F.M. Ref. (†1875), the Archbishop of Lucca (1849-1875). Rare!

Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the Archangel Michael that has been an important pilgrimage site since the early Middle Ages. According to tradition, around the year 490, the Archangel Michael appeared several times to the Bishop of Sipontum near a cave in the mountains, instructing that the cave be dedicated to Christian worship and promising protection of the nearby town of Sipontum from pagan invaders. These apparitions are also the first appearances of Saint Michael in Western Europe. Monte Sant'Angelo was a popular pilgrimage site on the way to Jerusalem; pilgrims traveled from as far as the British Isles to visit the “Celestial Basilica”. Among the pilgrims who visited the Saint Michael Archangel Sanctuary were many popes (Gelasius I, Leo IX, Urban II, Alexander III, Gregory X, Celestine V, John XXIII as Cardinal, John Paul II), saints (Bridget of Sweden, Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas) emperors, kings and princes (Louis II of Italy, Otto III, Henry II, Matilda of Tuscany, Charles I of Naples, Ferdinand II of Aragon). Francis of Assisi also visited the Sanctuary, but, feeling unworthy to enter the grotto, stopped in prayer and meditation at the entrance, kissed a stone, and carved on it the sign of the cross in the form “T” (tau).

Additional Info

  • ID#: 23-RSCRM-1
  • Size: 62 x 55 mm
  • Age: ca. 2nd half of the 19th century
  • Origin: Tuscany, Italy
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

SAVE 5% from your first purchase when you subscribe to receive our infrequent mailings with updates on new arrivals, exclusive offers, and fascinating stories on relevant subjects. 

Please wait