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Rare Casket Reliquary with relics of St. Marie Bernadette Soubirous & Our Lady of Lourdes Marian Apparition Grotto

Extremely rare glass-sided casket reliquary housing provenanced precious relics of St. Marie Bernadette Soubirous and from Our Lady of Lourdes Marian Apparition Grotto. The reliquary contains a large fragment of a rock from the  Apparition Grotto provided by the 1st Superior of the Missionaries of Our Lady of Lourdes and of three large fragments of the rosehip wood that bloomed under the feet of the Virgin formerly the property of the Bishop of Tarbes-et-Lourdes. Both relics are affixed to a pillow red silk that is described as Vêtement de St. Marie-Bernarde Soubirous (Vestment of St. Marie-Bernarde Soubirous). 

Cedula labels (as written in French):

Vêtement de St. Marie-Bernarde Soubirous. Décédée le 16 Avril 1879. Fragment du rocher de la Grotte de L'Apparition á Notre Dame de Lourdes. Donné par Monsieur Sempé 1er Supériour des Missionnaires de Notre Dame de Lourdes. Bois de l'eglantier qui a fleuri sous les piedo de la T.S. Vierge. Ayant appartenu á Monseigneur Pichenot.

English Translation:

Vestment of St. Marie-Bernarde Soubirous. Died April 16, 1879. Fragment from the rock from the Grotto of the Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. Given by Mr. Sempé 1st Superior of the Missionaries of Our Lady of Lourdes. Rosehip wood that bloomed under the feet of the Virgin. Having belonged to Monsignor Pichenot.*

* Pierre-Anastase Pichenot was a Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tarbes-et-Lourdes between 1870 and 1873.

Saint Marie-Bernadette Soubirous (†1879) is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and is best known for the Marian apparitions of a "small young lady" who asked for a chapel to be built at the nearby garbage dump of the cave-grotto at Massabielle where apparitions are said to have occurred between in 1858. She would later receive recognition when the lady who appeared to her identified herself as the Immaculate Conception. The Marian shrine at Lourdes (Midi-Pyrénées, France) went on to become a major pilgrimage site, attracting over five million pilgrims of all denominations each year. She is a Holy Patron of bodily illness, against poverty, and people ridiculed for their faith.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 12-RSINR-225
  • Size: 7 inches (18 cm) wide
  • Age: ca. 1930's
  • Origin: Lourdes, France
  • Materials: Glass, metal, silk
  • Price: SOLD!

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