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1872 Large documented reliquary with a relic of Saint Teresa of Ávila

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1872 Large documented reliquary with a relic of Saint Teresa of Ávila

Large oval  gilt metal reliquary theca housing the first-class-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Teresa of Ávila. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground decorated with two strings of pearls and gilt paper ornamentation and identified in French on a manuscript cedula label as Ste. Thérèse.  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 Fr. Jacob-Marie-Achille Ginoulhiac (†1875), Archbishop of Lyon (-Vienne), France (1870 - 1875). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed in 1872 by Fr. Ginoulhiac. 

Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus († 1582), was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, author during the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered to be, along with John of the Cross, a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. She was canonized in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, and in 1970 was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI. She is a Holy Patron of bodily ills; headaches; chess; loss of parents; people in need of grace; people in religious orders; people ridiculed for their piety; sick people; and sickness.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 01-RSINR-5
  • Size: 4 1/3 x 3 1/3 inches (11 x 8 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1872
  • Origin: Lyon, France
  • Materials: Gilt metal, glass, silk
  • Price: SOLD!
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