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Documented theca with relics of St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist

Oval silver glass-fronted theca housing substantial first-class ex ossibus relic of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. The relic is affixed to a silk background and identified on a manuscript cedula label as S. Mattaei Ap. Ev.(Saint Matthew, Apostle [and] Evangelist).  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, 

Saint Matthew also known as Levi was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and one of the four Evangelists. He was a publican who, while sitting at the "receipt of custom" in Capernaum, was called to follow Jesus. Matthew is recognized as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican churches. His feast day is celebrated on 21 September in the West and 16 November in the East. He is also commemorated by the Orthodox, together with the other Apostles, on 30 June (13 July), the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles. His tomb is located in the crypt of Salerno Cathedral in southern Italy.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 35-RSMBR-75
  • Size: 37 x 35 mm
  • Age: ca. 1764
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass
  • Price: $4,500
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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