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Reliquary with a significant bone relic of Pope Saint Gregory VII

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Reliquary with a significant bone relic of Pope Saint Gregory VII

A documented reliquary with an important ex ossibus relic of Pope Saint Gregory VII, one of the greatest of the Roman pontiffs and one of the most remarkable men of all times. The ex ossibus (of the bone) first-class relic consisting of an intact right femur (thigh) bone resting on a red-colored velvet covered pillow decorated with gilt silver thread ribbons affixed with small nails to a rectangular burgundy-colored velvet covered wooden plank. The saint is identified on the relic itself in black ink as “S. Gregorius VII” and further on a typeset paper cedula label in French language as GREGOIRE VII. The relic is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of a French town of Saint-Martin du Tertre. A French-language handwritten certification document secured by the analogous seal and affixed to the bottom side of the plank attests to the authenticity of the relic and provides its provenance as follows:

(Translated from French)

“I, the undersigned, parish priest of Saint Joseph Church, attest ... of the diocese of Sens, attest to this holy relic of Our Father Gregory VII, who joined our Lord in the year of grace 1085. I attest to its authenticity and of having sealed it with Our seal, prepared at Saint Martin du Tertre on May 11, 1881. Jaubert “ The relic and the reliquary are in generally good condition showing signs of normal aging and some moth damage to the velvet covering the plank."

Pope Gregory VII (Latin: Gregorius VII; †1085), venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 1073 to his death in 1085. Gregory VII was beatified by Pope Gregory XIII in 1584 and canonized on 24 May 1728 by Pope Benedict XIII. One of the great reforming popes, he is perhaps best known for the part he played in the Investiture Controversy, his dispute with Emperor Henry IV that affirmed the primacy of papal authority and the new canon law governing the election of the pope by the College of Cardinals. He was also at the forefront of developments in the relationship between the emperor and the papacy during the years before he became pope. He was the first pope in several centuries to rigorously enforce the Western Church's ancient policy of celibacy for the clergy and also attacked the practice of simony.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 25-RSMIR-26
  • Size: The plank measures 62 cm (24 ½ inches) and the bone relic measures 43 cm (17 inches)
  • Age: ca. 1881
  • Origin: Bourgogne, France
  • Materials: wood, velvet
  • Price: Price upon request
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