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Reliquary theca with relics of St Joachim of Nazareth and St Francis Xavier

Oval glass-fronted brass theca housing relics of Saint Joachim of Nazareth, Father of the Virgin Mary and  Saint Francis Xavier. The relics are affixed to a pale gold silk background surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified on manuscript cedulae labels.  On the back, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.

Saint Joachim of Nazareth was the husband of Saint Anne and the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus, according to the Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican traditions. The story of Joachim and Anne first appears in the apocryphal Gospel of James. He is a holy patron of fathers, grandfathers and the island of Puerto Rico and his feast day is July 26.

Saint Francis Xavier, S.J., († 1552), was a Navarrese Basque Roman Catholic missionary, born in Xavier, Kingdom of Navarre (now part of Spain), and a co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He was a companion of St. Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits who took vows of poverty and chastity at Montmartre, Paris in 1534. He is a patron of African missions; Agartala, India; Ahmedabad, India; Alexandria, Louisiana; Apostleship of Prayer; Australia; Bombay, India; Borneo; Cape Town, South Africa; China; Dinajpur, Bangladesh; East Indies; Fathers of the Precious Blood; foreign missions; Freising, Germany; Goa, India; Green Bay, Wisconsin; India; Indianapolis, Indiana; Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan; Joiliet, Illinois; Kabankalan, Philippines; Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines; Alegria, Cebu, Philippines; diocese of Malindi, Kenya; missionaries; Missioners of the Precious Blood; Navarre, Spain; navigators; New Zealand; parish missions; plague epidemics; Propagation of the Faith; Zagreb, Croatia; Indonesia; Malacca; Malaysia, and Mongolia.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 11-RSCR40-11
  • Size: 34 x 28 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass
  • Price: $650
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