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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Philomena, Virgin & Martyr

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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Philomena, Virgin & Martyr

Round glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first - and second-class relics of Saint Philomena. The relics are affixed to a gold background and identified on a paper cedulae labels as Ex Copillis S Phil. V.M / Ex Cami. S. Phil.  (Of the hair of St. Philomena, Virgin & Martyr / of the shirt of St. Philomena). 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 an unidentified Roman Catholic Cardinal.

Saint Philomena was a young consecrated virgin whose remains were discovered on May 24/25 1802 in the Catacomb of Priscilla. The remains were translated to Mugnano del Cardinale in 1805 becoming the focus of widespread devotion; several miracles were credited to the saint's intercession, including the healing of Venerable Pauline Jaricot in 1835. Saint John Vianney attributed to her intercession the extraordinary cures that others attributed to himself. In 1833, a Neapolitan nun reported that Philomena had appeared in a vision to her, and the Saint had revealed that she was a Greekprincess, martyred at 13 years of age by Diocletian, who was Roman Emperor from 284 to 305. Saint Philomena is the Holy Patron of children, youth, babies, infants, priests, lost causes, sterility, virgins, Children of Mary, The Universal Living Rosary Association, Sibonga, and Cebu. Her feast day is venerated on the 11th of August.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 117-RSABR-5
  • Size: 31 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1800
  • Origin: Italy
  • Price: $775
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