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Spectacular theca with first-class relic of St. Philomena, Martyr & Holy Patron of Children

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Spectacular theca with first-class relic of St. Philomena, Martyr & Holy Patron of Children

Spectacular silver glass-fronted reliquary decorated with opulent floral ornamentation surmounted by the Holy Spirit depicted as a soaring dove, housing significant first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Philomena.  The relic is affixed to the background of red silk decorated with silver wire ornamentation and identified on a paper cedula labels as Ex Ossibus / S. Filomenae V.M.. (of the bone of St. Philomena, Virgin & Martyr). On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing a faint imprint with a coat of arms of an unidentified Catholic Bishop.

Saint Philomena was a young consecrated virgin whose remains were discovered on May 24/25 1802 in the Catacomb of Priscilla. The remains were translated to Mugnano del Cardinale in 1805 becoming the focus of widespread devotion; several miracles were credited to the saint's intercession, including the healing of Venerable Pauline Jaricot in 1835. Saint John Vianney attributed to her intercession the extraordinary cures that others attributed to himself.​ ​In 1833, a Neapolitan nun reported that Philomena had appeared in a vision to her, and the Saint had revealed that she was a Greekprincess, martyred at 13 years of age by Diocletian, who was Roman Emperor from 284 to 305. Saint Philomena is the Holy Patron of children, youth, babies, infants, priests, lost causes, sterility, virgins, Children of Mary, The Universal Living Rosary Association, Sibonga, and Cebu. Her feast day is venerated on the 11th of August.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 43-RSMB-6
  • Size: 107 x 87 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk
  • Price: $1,750
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