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Documented reliquary theca with relics of Saint Patrick, the Patron of Ireland

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Documented reliquary theca with relics of Saint Patrick, the Patron of Ireland

Round gilt silver reliquary theca decorated around the perimeter with filigree and housing precious and rare first-class ex ossibus relics of St. Patrick of Ireland. The relic is affixed to a red silk background and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as S. Patricii. C. (Saint Patrick, Confessor) and described in the authentics document as "ex velo serico quo ossa S. Patric Ep. C. involuta sunt" (particles of bones extracted from the silk veil wrapping the relics of St. Patrick, Bishop & 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 Patrick (Latin: Patricii) was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the "Apostle of Ireland", he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, the other patron saints being Brigit of Kildare and Columba. Patrick is venerated as a Saint in the Catholic Church and in the Eastern Orthodox Church, where he is regarded as equal-to-the-apostles and Enlightener of Ireland. He is also regarded as a Saint within the framework of their respective doctrine by the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Churches. Early medieval tradition credits him with being the first bishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland, and regards him as the founder of Christianity in Ireland, converting a society practicing a form of Celtic polytheism. According to the autobiographical Confessio of Patrick, when he was about sixteen, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals; he lived there for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland. In later life, he served as a bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. Saint Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 13-RSMIS13-5
  • Size: 33 mm ( 1 1/3 inches) across
  • Age: ca. 1953
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: gilt silver, glass, silk
  • Price: $2,750
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