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Reliquary theca with relics of St Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary & Patron of Widows

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Reliquary theca with relics of St Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary & Patron of Widows

20th-century round glass-fronted silver reliquary theca decorated around the perimeter with silver filigree housing relic of  Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. The relic is centered on a red silk background and identified on a typographic cedula label as S. Elisab. Hung. Vid. (Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow). 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 Cardinal Carlo Grano (†1976), the Archbishop of Thessalonika (1967-1976). 

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, T.O.S.F., († 1231) was a princess of the Kingdom of Hungary, Landgravine of Thuringia, Germany, and a greatly venerated Catholic saint who was an early member of the Third Order of St. Francis, by which she is honored as its patroness. Elizabeth was married at the age of 14, and widowed at 20. After her husband's death, she sent her children away and regained her dowry, using the money to build a hospital where she herself served the sick. She became a symbol of Christian charity after her death at the age of 24 and was quickly canonized in 1235 by Pope Gregory IX. She is also a patron of hospitals, nurses, bakers, brides, countesses, dying children, exiles, homeless people, lace-makers, and widows. Her Feast is celebrated on November 17th.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 14-RSMISC-5
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1968
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $575
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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