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1957 documented reliquary theca with first-class relic of Saint Martyr Euphrasia of Nicomedia

Round silvered brass reliquary theca housing the first-class-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Euphrasia of Constantinople, Martyr. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Euphr. V. M.  (Saint Euphrasia, 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 1957 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 Martyr Euphrasia (†303) was born in Nicomedia into an illustrious family. She was a Christian and was noted for her beauty. During the persecution of Christians by Maximian, the pagans tried to compel Euphrasia to offer sacrifice to idols. When she refused, she was beaten, and then given to a barbarian to be violated. The saint prayed tearfully to the Lord that He would preserve her virginity, and God heard her prayer. Saint Euphrasia suggested to the barbarian that if he would not defile her, she would give him a special herb that would protect him from enemy weapons and death. But this herb, she explained, held its power only when received from a virgin and not from a woman. The soldier believed Saint Euphrasia and went with her into the garden. The holy virgin picked the herb, then offered to demonstrate its power. She placed the herb on her neck and told the man to strike her with his sword. With a mighty blow, he cut off her head. Thus her prayer was answered, and the wise virgin offered her soul to God, safeguarding her bodily purity.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 09-RSMIS10-6
  • Size: 31 mm (1 1/4 inches) across
  • Age: ca. 1957
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $675
  • Orthodox Cross
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