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1954 documented reliquary theca with first-class relic of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (St. Theresa of Infant Jesus)

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1954 documented reliquary theca with first-class relic of  Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (St. Theresa of Infant Jesus)

Hard plastic cruciform reliquary theca housing the first-class-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Teresiae a J. In. (Saint Theresa of Infant Jesus).  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 1954 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 Therese de Lisieux († 1897) popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus," or St. Theresa of Infant 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#: 05-RSMIS10-7
  • Size: 40 mm (1 3/4 in) across
  • Age: ca. 1954
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: Plastic, metal, glass, silk, wax
  • Price: SOLD!

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