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Reliquary with relics of St. Christopher, St. Bacchus, St. Reparata & Other Saints

The upper part of a ca. 18th-century glass-fronted monstrance of gild wood housing first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of St. Christopher of Lycea, Martyr,  St. Bacchus, Martyr, St. Reparata Virgin Martyr, and relics of several unidentified saints. The relics are affixed to a paper background and identified in Latin on a paper cedulae labels.  On the back, the theca is secured with a red wax seal with a faint imprint of a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic Bishop.

Saint Christopher of Lycea is venerated by several Christian denominations as a martyr killed in the reign of the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Decius. According to Tradition, he carried a child, who was unknown to him, across a river before the child revealed himself as Christ. Therefore, he is the patron saint of travelers, and small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles by Christians. St. Christopher is a widely popular saint, especially revered by athletes, mariners, ferrymen, and travelers. He is revered as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He holds patronage of things related to travel and travelers — against lightning and pestilence — and patronage for archers; bachelors; boatmen; soldiers; bookbinders; epilepsy; floods; fruit dealers; fullers; gardeners; a sudden death; mariners; market carriers; motorists and drivers; sailors; storms; surfers; toothache; mountaineering; and transportation workers. The Eastern Orthodox Church venerates Christopher of Lycea with a Feast Day on May 9 and the Roman Martyrology remembers him on 25 July.​

Saint Bacchus was a fourth-century Roman Christian soldier revered as martyr and military saint by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches. His feast day is 7 October.

Saint Reparata was a young virgin and martyr of the 3rd century AD, of Caesarea, Roman Province of Palestine. She was arrested for her faith and tortured during the persecution of Roman Emperor Decius.  Her cult became widespread in Europe during the Middle Ages, as evidenced by the multiple Passiones in various parts of the continent, especially in Italy, where her cult was especially popular, specifically in Florence, Atri, Naples, and Chieti. She remained the primary patroness of Florence until the High Middle Ages and the former Cathedral of Santa Reparata in Florence was dedicated in honor of her. Florence celebrates her feast annually on 8 October, in commemoration of its deliverance from the Ostrogoths leaded by Radagaisus in AD 406, which it attributes to her intercession.


Additional Info

  • ID#: 115-RSABR-1
  • Size: 125 x 110 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Price: SOLD!

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