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Rare Documented Monstrance with a Hair Relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Rare Documented Monstrance with a Hair Relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Extremely rare  mid-18th-century ornate silver-fronted wooden reliquary monstrance housing important relics of the Hair of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relics are arranged on the background of red silk and surrounded by gilt silver wire ornamentation. The relic is identified on a manuscript paper cedula label as Ex Capillis / Bmae Mariae Vir. (Of the Hair of the Blessed Virgin Mary). On the back, the monstrance is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giuseppe Maria Carlo Antonio Marini O.E.S.A. (†1771), Titular Bishop of Thagaste (1754-1771). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Marini in 1756.


Translation of the authentics document from Latin:

FATHER GIUSEPPE MARIA MARINI

Order of Hermits of St. Augustine  / Congregation Observers of Lombardi

By the grace of God and the Apostolic See, Titular Bishop of Thagaste / Domestic Prelate and Assistant to the Papal Throne

To each and all about to read our letter at hand, we pledge our faith and we attest that good sacred relics having been displayed to us, we have recognized them as taken from authentic locations and supported by authentic documentation and an official seal. From these, we have drawn out the following, namely: a strand from the Holiest Hair of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, which she bore on her head, while she lived here on Earth.

This relic we have deposited and arranged with reverence inside a small reliquary of silver, one finger across, with glass on the front, closed tight and tied with a red silk thread, sealed on the back with our small seal impressed in red Spanish wax to serve as a greater identification of the aforementioned Sacred Relic. We have given this relic as a gift for the greater Glory of God and the veneration of his Saints, and we have given it freely with the option [for the receiver] to keep it to himself, give it to others, or place and exhibit it publicly in whatever Church, Chapel, or Oratory he may wish for the veneration of the faithful of Christ. In faith of these things, we have entrusted this document, signed by our own hand and confirmed with a seal, to be prepared by our underwritten secretary.

Dated at Milan in the convent of Santa Maria Incoronata (the of Saint Mary Crowned) on the 1st of November in the year 1756.


 

The Hair of Our Lady is the rarest and the most desirable of all holy relics and the only first-class relic we have of the Most Holy Mother of God. Since the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed into Heaven with body and soul, no physical relics of Her exist. The sole exception is that of Her hair, which had been preserved and venerated since antiquity in the Holy House of Nazareth. The Holy relic was initially kept by the Patriarchs of Jerusalem until the fifth century when it was ordered by the Byzantine Empress Pulcheria for the Holy relics of the Virgin's Veil and Hair to be translated to Constantinople. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 211-RSCR-222
  • Size: 12 x 4 1/2 in (30 x 11 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1756 dated
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: Silver, wood, glass, silk
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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