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Reliquary Casket with Important Relics of Saint Gregory the Theologian & Saint Basil the Great, the Cappadocian Fathers

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Reliquary Casket with Important Relics of Saint Gregory the Theologian & Saint Basil the Great, the Cappadocian Fathers

Ca. 1750’s Louis XV-era impressive French casket-shaped two-tiered reliquary cabinet in Neoclassical style decorated with gilding and housing behind front glass panels substantial and historically significant first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of two Cappadocian Fathers: Saint Gregory the Theologian and Saint Basil the Great. The relics are displayed surrounded with wire flowers ornamentation and identified on manuscript cedulae labels as Sante Basilius E. M. / S. Gregori. N. (Saint Basil, Bishop & Great / Saint Gregory of Nazianzus). On the back, the reliquary is secured by two silk ribbons secured by seals of red Spanish wax with an imprint of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop. 

Saint Basil the Great Hierarch (known as Basil of Caesarea), was the Greek bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) who with and Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa is referred to as the Cappadocian Father. He was an influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church. In addition to his work as a theologian, Basil was known for his care of the poor and underprivileged. Basil established guidelines for monastic life which focus on community life, liturgical prayer, and manual labor, and is remembered as a father of communal monasticism in Eastern Christianity.

Gregory the Theologian (known as Gregory of Nazianzus) was a 4th-century Archbishop of Constantinople, and theologian who is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. Along with brothers Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, he is known as one of the Cappadocian Fathers. In the Roman Catholic Church, he is numbered among the Doctors of the Church; in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches, he is revered as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, along with Basil the Great and John Chrysostom. He is also one of only three men in the life of the Orthodox Church who has been officially designated "Theologian" by the epithet, the other two being St. John the Theologian, and St. Symeon the New Theologian.

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  • ID#: 23-RSSR-3
  • Size: 19 x 15 3/4 inches (48 x 49 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1750
  • Origin: France
  • Materials: gilt wood, glass
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross
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