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Reliquary with relics of Saint Agatha, Virgin & Martyr of Sicily

18th-century human-form reliquary made of painted and gilded wood housing significant first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Agatha of Sicily. The relic is affixed inside of an oval glass-fronted opening and identified on paper cedula label in as S. Agathae V. M. (Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr). On the back, the reliquary is protected by two seals of red Spanish wax with clear imprints of a coat of arms of Father Francesco Saverio Cristiani O.E.S.A. (†1800), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon and the Sacristan to the Holy See (1782 - 1800). 

Saint Agatha of Sicily (†251) is one of the most highly venerated virgin martyrs of Christian Antiquity, who was put to death for her determined profession of faith in Catania, Sicily during the persecution of Decius (250–253). She is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Oriental Orthodox Churches. She is a holy patron of bellfounders; breast cancer; bakers; protection from natural disasters; fire; earthquakes; volcanic eruptions; jewelers; nurses; rape victims; single laywomen; sterility; torture victims; nurses; wet nurses; as well as Sicily; San Marino; and Zamarramala, Spain. She is also considered to be a powerful intercessor when people suffer from fires. Her feast day is commemorated on February 5th.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 205-RSCR-2
  • Size: 47 in (18.5 cm)
  • Age: ca. late 18th century, base is 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: Gilded wood, glass
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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