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Documented Cross Reliquary with a Large Relic of the True Cross

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Documented Cross Reliquary with a Large Relic of the True Cross

The Vatican Issued glass-fronted silver cruciform reliquary housing a significant relic from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The substantial relic consisting of three separate large pieces is identified on a  manuscript cedula label as De Ligno SS Crucis D.N.J.C. (from the Wood of the Most Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the reliquary is secured with two perfectly preserved seals of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Agostino Zampini O.E.S.A. (†), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon (1910- 1937), and the Sacristan of the Apostolic Palaces. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Agostino Zampini in 1921. This item is suitable for both private and public veneration by all Christian denominations. 

The True Cross is the name for physical remnants which, by the Church tradition, are believed to be from the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor of Rome, traveled to the Holy Land in 326–28, where she discovered the hiding place of three crosses that were believed to be used at the crucifixion of Jesus and of two thieves, St. Dismas and Gestas, executed with him, and a miracle revealed which of the three was the True Cross. Fragments of the Cross were broken up, and the pieces were widely distributed; in 348, in one of his Catecheses, Cyril of Jerusalem remarked that the "whole earth is full of the relics of the Cross of Christ." Most of the very small relics of the True Cross in Europe came from Constantinople after the city was captured and sacked in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade. They were carved up by the present bishops and divided with other very precious relics.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 233-RSCR-1
  • Size: 2 3/4 x 2 niches (70 x 45 mm)
  • Age: ca. 1921
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silver, glass
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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