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Documented theca with relics of St. Simon the Zealot, the Apostle

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Documented theca with relics of St. Simon the Zealot, the Apostle

Oval silver glass-fronted theca housing substantial first-class ex ossibus relic of Saint Simon, the Apostle. The relic is affixed to a silk background, surrounded by paperolle and twisted wire ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as S. Simoni Ap. (Saint Simon, Apostle).  On the back,  the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of  Giorgio Maria de Lascaris C.R. (†1795), Titular Patriarch of Jerusalem (1762-1795) and consultant to the Congregation for Indulgences and Sacred Relics in the Roman Curia responsible he task of managing the granting of authentication to the relics. The theca is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and hand-signed by Patriarch de Lascaris in 1764, 

Simon the Zealot was one of the most obscure among the apostles of Jesus. A few pseudepigraphical writings were connected to him, and his name occurs in all of the Synoptic Gospels and the Book of Acts each time there is a list of apostles, without further details. His feast is celebrated on May 10 (Eastern Christianity) and October 28 (Western Christianity) and he is a Holy Patron of curriers; sawyers; and tanners.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 37-RSMBR-28
  • Size: 33 x27 mm
  • Age: ca. 1764
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $3,250
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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