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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice

Oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing first-class pre-canonization relics of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice. The relics are affixed to the red silk background surrounded by gilded paperolle ornamentation and identified on manuscript cedulae labels as De Pr[a]ecord[is] / B Leonardi (from the inner organs of the Blessed Leonard). On the back, 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 Leonard of Port Maurice, O.F.M., (Italian: San Leonardo da Porto Maurizio) († 1751) was an Italian Franciscan preacher and ascetic writer called "the great missionary of the 18th century". Pope Pius VI pronounced his beatification on 19 June 1796, and Pope Pius IX his canonization on 29 June 1867. St. Leonard's Church in Boston, founded in 1873, is the first Roman Catholic Church in New England built by Italian immigrants. His Feast is celebrated on November 27.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 20-RSCR40-11
  • Size: 32 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass
  • Price: $625
  • Silver

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