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Documented Reliquary Theca with the First-Class Relic of Saint Edward the Confessor, King of England

Round gilt silver reliquary theca decorated around the perimeter with filigree and housing a precious first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Edward the Confessor. The relic is affixed to a red silk background and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as S. Eduardi Reg. C. (Saint Edward, King & Confessor).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly-preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Cardinal Clemente Micara (†), Vicar General of Rome (1951-1963) and Pro-Prefect of the Congregation of Sacred Rites responsible for Canonization of Saints (1953-1963). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Monsignor Micara in 1953.

Saint Edward the Confessor (†1066) was the first Anglo-Saxon and the only king of England to be canonized. He was one of England's national saints until King Edward III adopted Saint George as the national patron saint in about 1350. About a century after his death, in 1161, Pope Alexander III canonized the late king. His remains lay in the shrine of Saint Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey. Saint Edward's feast day is October 13, celebrated by both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales and he is regarded as a patron saint of difficult marriages.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 05-RSMIS13-25
  • Size: 33 mm (1 1/3 inches) across
  • Age: ca. 1953
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: gilt silver, glass, silk
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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