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1956 documented reliquary theca with first-class relic of Saint Roch (Rocco)

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1956 documented reliquary theca with first-class relic of Saint Roch (Rocco)

Round silvered brass reliquary theca housing the first-class-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Roch. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Rochi Conf. (Saint Roch, Confessor).  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 Discalced Carmelite order. The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued in 1956 and signed by Fr. Bernardine of Siena, the Postulator General of the Carmelite Order responsible for the cause of canonization of saints. The document is laminated in clear plastic for safekeeping. 

Saint Roch or Rocco († 1327) was a Catholic saint, a confessor specially invoked against the plague. He is a patron saint of dogs and falsely accused people, among other things. His popularity, originally in central and northern Italy and at Montpellier, spread through Spain, France, Lebanon, the Low Countries, Brazil, and Germany, where he was often interpolated into the roster of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, whose veneration spread in the wake of the Black Death. The 16th-century Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the adjacent church of San Rocco were dedicated to him by a confraternity at Venice, where his body was said to have been surreptitiously translated and was triumphantly inaugurated in 1485. Numerous brotherhoods have been instituted in his honor. The Third Order of Saint Francis, by tradition, claims him as a member and includes his feast on its own calendar of saints, observing it on August 17.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 04-RSMIS10-6
  • Size: 30 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. 1956
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: SOLD!
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