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1934 documented reliquary theca with relics of Saint Gemma Galgani, the "Daughter of the Passion"

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1934 documented reliquary theca with relics of Saint Gemma Galgani, the "Daughter of the Passion"

Round silver reliquary theca housing scarce first-class-class ex corpore (of the body) pre-canonization relic of Saint Gemma Galgani. The relic is affixed to a silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as B. Gemmae Galgani. (the Blessed Gemma Galgani).  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 Fr. Gabriele Natale Moriondo O.P. (†1946), Bishop of Caserta (1922-1943). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued in 1934 and signed by Fr. Moriondo. The document is laminated in clear plastic for safekeeping. 

Saint Maria Gemma Umberta Galgani (†1903) was an Italian mystic, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, especially in the Congregation of the Passion (Passionists). She has been called the "Daughter of the Passion" because of her profound imitation of the Passion of Christ. Galgani experienced stigmata on June 8, 1899, on the eve of the feast of the Sacred Heart and, in the subsequent rapture, Gemma saw her guardian angel in the company of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was beatified on 14 May 1933 and canonized on 2 May 1940. Galgani's relics are housed at the Sanctuary of Santa Gemma associated with the Passionist monastery in Lucca, Italy. Since 1985, her heart is housed in the Santuario de Santa Gema, in Madrid, Spain.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 07-RSMIS10-6
  • Size: 31 mm (1 1/4 inches) across
  • Age: ca. 1934
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk
  • Price: $775
  • Silver

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