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Modern documented reliquary theca with second-class relic of Saint Therese de Lisieux (St. Teresa of Infant Jesus)

Round gilt metal reliquary theca housing the second-class ex indumentis  (from the clothing) relics of Saint Therese de Lisieux (of Infant Jesus). The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Ter. a J. I. Eccl. Doct. (Saint Therese of Infant Jesus, Ecclesiastic Doctor of the Church).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a partial seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Discalced Carmelites order. The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued in 2001 and signed by Fr. Ildefonso Moriones, the Postulator General of the Carmelite Order.

Saint Therese de Lisieux († 1897) popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus," was a Roman Catholic French Discalced Carmelite nun widely venerated in modern times. After nine years as a Carmelite religious, having fulfilled various offices, and having spent her last eighteen months in Carmel in a night of faith, she died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. Thérèse has been a highly influential model of sanctity for Catholics and for others because of the "simplicity and practicality of her approach to the spiritual life". Together with Saint Francis of Assisi, she is one of the most popular saints in the history of the church. Pope Pius X called her "the greatest saint of modern times". She is a holy patron of Gardens of Vatican City, Missionaries; France; Russia; HIV/AIDS sufferers; radio care-a-thons; florists and gardeners; loss of parents; tuberculosis; and the Russicum; Alaska.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 01-SSMIS15-7
  • Size: 31 mm (1 1/4 inches)
  • Age: ca. 2001
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: gilt metal, glass, silk
  • Price: SOLD!
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