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Spectacular theca with first-class relics of St. Mary Magdalene, Apostle of the Apostles

Opulent very large Baroque silver glass-fronted reliquary decorated by intricate flowers and an image of the Holy Spirit as a dove under a crown and containing an oval silver glass-fronted theca housing two substantial first-class relics of Saint Mary Magdalene. The relics affixed to the background of gold silk surrounded by the intricate paperolle ornamentation and identified on a paper cedulae labels as  S. Marie Magd. / Paeniten. (St. Mary Magdalene, Penitent). The reliquary is secured on the back with a perfectly preserved seal of an unidentified Bishop.

Saint Mary Magdalene was a woman who, according to the texts included in the New Testament, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and witnessed Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Within the four Gospels, she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles and she has been merited the title "Apostle to the apostles" by the Roman Catholic Church. Mary Magdalene is considered to be a saint by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches—with a feast day of July 22. The Eastern Orthodox churches also commemorate her on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers, the Orthodox equivalent of one of the Western Three Marys traditions. During the Middle Ages, Mary Magdalene was regarded in Western Christianity as a promiscuous woman, claims not found in any of the four canonical gospels. She is a holy patron of apothecaries; contemplative life; converts; glove makers; hairdressers; penitent sinners; people ridiculed for their piety; perfumeries; pharmacists; sexual temptation; tanners; ​and ​women in general.​

Additional Info

  • ID#: 04-RSSR-23
  • Size: 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 in (24.5 x 16.5 cm)
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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