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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles

18th century oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca decorated on the outside by filligree ornamentation and housing first-class ex carne (of the body) relic of ​Saint Mary Magdalene. The relic is affixed to a red  silk background decorated with gilt paperolle and silver cord and identified on a manuscript cedula label as S. M. Magd. Pen. (Saint Mary Magdalene Penitent). On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Silvestro Merani († 1764), Titular Archbishop of Porphyrion (1742 -1764) and Sacristan of the Roman Curia. 

Saint Mary Magdalene was a woman who, according to texts included in the New Testament, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and witnessed Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Within the four Gospels she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles and she has been merited the title "Apostle to the apostles" by the Roman Catholic Church. Mary Magdalene is considered to be a saint by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches—with a feast day of July 22. The Eastern Orthodox churches also commemorate her on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers, the Orthodox equivalent of one of the Western Three Marys traditions. During the Middle Ages, Mary Magdalene was regarded in Western Christianity as a promiscuous woman, claims not found in any of the four canonical gospels. She is a holy patron of Apothecaries; contemplative life; converts; glove makers; hairdressers; penitent sinners; people ridiculed for their piety; perfumeries; pharmacists; sexual temptation; tanners; ​and ​women in general.​

Additional Info

  • ID#: 32-RSCRM-5
  • Size: 65 x 60 mm
  • Age: ca. mid-18th century, Italy
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, crystal
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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