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1953 documented reliquary theca with first-class relic of Saint Christopher, Patron of Travelers

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1953 documented reliquary theca with first-class relic of Saint Christopher, Patron of Travelers

Round silver reliquary theca housing the first-class-class de ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Christopher, Martyr. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as S. Christophor M. (Saint Christopher, Martyr).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Cardinal Clemente Micara (†1965), 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 in 1953 and signed by Cardinal Clemente Micara. The document is laminated in clear plastic for safekeeping. 

Saint Christopher is venerated by several Christian denominations as a martyr killed in the reign of the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Decius. According to Tradition, he carried a child, who was unknown to him, across a river before the child revealed himself as Christ. Therefore, he is the patron saint of travelers, and small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles by Christians. St. Christopher is a widely popular saint, especially revered by athletes, mariners, ferrymen, and travelers. He is revered as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He holds the patronage of things related to travel and travelers — against lightning and pestilence — and patronage for archers; bachelors; boatmen; soldiers; bookbinders; epilepsy; floods; fruit dealers; fullers; gardeners; a sudden death; mariners; market carriers; motorists and drivers; sailors; storms; surfers; toothache; mountaineering; and transportation workers. The Eastern Orthodox Church venerates Christopher of Lycea with a Feast Day on May 9 and the Roman Martyrology remembers him on 25.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 03-RSMIS10-6
  • Size: 33 mm ( 1 1/3 inches) across
  • Age: ca. 1953
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk
  • Price: $675
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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