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Spectacular theca with first-class relic of St. John the Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church

Spectacular large silver crystal-fronted reliquary decorated with intricate filigree wire floral ornamentation and housing significant historically important first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint John Chrysostom Substantial relic is affixed to the background of multicolored silk surrounded by paperole ornamentation and identified on a paper cedula label as S. Iohanes Criso[stomus]. On the back, over a protective pane of glass, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of an unidentified Catholic Bishop.

Saint John Chrysostom (c. 349 – 407),  the Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father and one of the most prolific authors in the early Christian Church. He is renowned for his preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. The epithet Χρυσόστομος (Chrysostomos, anglicized as Chrysostom) means "golden-mouthed" in Greek and denotes his celebrated eloquence.  He is honored as a saint in the Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches, as well as in some others. The Eastern Orthodox, together with the Byzantine Catholics, hold him in special regard as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs (alongside Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus). The feast days of John Chrysostom in the Eastern Orthodox Church are 13 November and 27 January. In the Roman Catholic Church, he is recognized as a Doctor of the Church. Because the date of his death is occupied by the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (14 September), the General Roman Calendar celebrates him on the previous day, 13 September​.​ Of other Western churches, including Anglican provinces and Lutheran churches, some commemorate him on 13 September, others on 27 January.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 08-RSSR-22
  • Size: 165 x 130 mm (5 x 6 1/2 in)
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, crystal
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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