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1956 documented reliquary theca with first-class relic of Saint Victoria Martyr

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1956 documented reliquary theca with first-class relic of Saint Victoria Martyr

Round silvered brass reliquary theca housing the first-class-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Victoria, Martyr. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Victoriae V. M.  (Saint Victoria, Virgin & 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 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 Victoria († 304 AD) is venerated as a martyr and a saint by the Catholic Church. She was of North African nobility and Christian convert in her youth, she refused an arranged marriage to a Pagan and, on her wedding day, leaped from a window in her parents' house. She sought sanctuary in a nearby church and there dedicated her life to God. Arrested during the Eucharist for her faith, her pagan brother, Fortunatianus, tried to intercede with the judge by claiming she was insane; she disproved this by engaging in debate with the judge. The judge was willing to release her if she agreed to her brother's supervision, but she refused, saying she could obey only God. She was tortured and martyred with 45 fellow parishioners. She was noted during her imprisonment for her courage; they have long been given as an example to those who are lukewarm in attending Mass. Her relics are known to be held in an ancient sacristy in Rignano, Italy, and a chapel in Maria Stein, Ohio, USA. Her feast is commemorated on February 11.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 08-RSMIS10-6
  • Size: 31 mm (1 1/4 inches) across
  • Age: ca. 1956
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: silver, brass, glass, silk
  • Price: $575
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