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Pair of Baroque reliquaries with relics of Saints Priscilla & Aquila, listed among 70 Disciples

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Pair of Baroque reliquaries with relics of Saints Priscilla & Aquila, listed among 70 Disciples

A matching pair of large ca. 1780 Baroque reliquary monstrances of silver-fronted wood housing substantial and historically important first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saints Priscilla and AquilaThe relics are displayed in glass-fronted cavities located in the center of the monstrances where they are affixed to the background of red silk profusely decorated with silver flowers. The relics are identified in Latin on manuscript paper cedulae labels as S. Pricillae M. and S. Aquilli M. (St. Priscilla Martyr and St. Aquila Martyr).  On the back, the reliquaries are secured by perfectly preserved five seals of red wax with imprints of a coat of arms of Bishop Nicola Angelo Maria Landini, O.E.S.A. (†1782), Titular Bishop of Parthyrion and Vicar General of the Vatican Curia. Suitable for public veneration.

Saints Priscilla and Aquila were a first-century Christian missionary married couple described in the New Testament. Aquila is traditionally listed among the Seventy Disciples. They lived, worked, and traveled with the Apostle Paul, who described them as his "fellow workers in Christ Jesus" (Romans 16:3). Saints Priscilla and Aquila are described in the New Testament as providing a presence that strengthened the early Christian churches. Paul was generous in his recognition and acknowledgment of his indebtedness to them (Romans 16:3–4). Together, they are credited with instructing Apollos, a major evangelist of the first century, and "[explaining] to him the way of God more accurately" (Acts 18:26). In Romans 16:3–4, thought to have been written in 56 or 57, St. Paul sends his greetings to Priscilla and Aquila and proclaims that both of them "risked their necks" to save Paul's life. Tradition reports that Aquila and Priscilla were martyred together. They are regarded as saints in most Christian churches that canonize saints. In the Catholic Church, the Roman Martyrology lists their feast as July 8, the Orthodox Church commemorates Aquila alone as one of the seventy disciples on January 17.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 31-RSCR-4
  • Size: reliquaries - 22 1/2 inches (57 cm) in height
  • Age: ca. 1780
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silver, wood, glass, silk
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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