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Reliquary theca with relics of St Paschal Baylon & St John Joseph of the Cross

Oval glass-fronted brass theca housing second-class relics of two Roman Catholic saints: a second-class relic of Saint Paschal Baylon and a pre-canonization second-class relic Saint John Joseph of the Cross. The relics are affixed to the blue silk background and identified on manuscript cedulae labels as S. Pasch. Bayl. / B. Joa. Jos. á Cr. (St. Paschal Baylon / the Blessed John Joseph of the Cross). On the back, under the protective cap, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.

Saint Paschal Baylon (†1592) was a Spanish friar and is a saint in the Roman Catholic Church noted for his strict austerities which he imposed upon himself as well as his love for and compassion towards the ill but best known for his strong and deep devotion to the Eucharist. Pope Paul V beatified him in 1618 while Pope Alexander VIII canonized him later in 1690. He is known as the "Seraph of the Eucharist" and is the patron saint of Eucharistic congresses and Eucharistic associations.

Saint John Joseph of the Cross (†1739) was an Italian priest and a professed member from the Order of Friars Minor who hailed from the island of Ischia off the coast of Naples. He had a reputation for austerity and for the gift of miracles. He was beatified under Pope Pius VI in 1789 and was later canonized as a saint on 26 May 1839 under Pope Gregory XVI. His feast day is commemorated on March 5th.

 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 08-RSCR40-11
  • Size: 31 x 22 mm
  • Age: ca. first third of the 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass
  • Price: $575
  • Orthodox Cross
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