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1908 Documented reliquary theca with relics of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, T.O.S.F.

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1908 Documented reliquary theca with relics of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, T.O.S.F.

Round glass-fronted metal reliquary theca housing the first-class-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, T.O.S.F. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Bened. Ios. Lab. C.  (Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, Confessor).  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 Cardinal Pietro Respighi (†1913), Vicar General of Rome (1900-1913). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed in 1908 by MonsignorRespighi. 

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, T.O.S.F. (French: Benoît-Joseph Labre) (†1783) was a French mendicant, Franciscan tertiary, and Catholic saint known as the "saint of the Forty Hours" (or Quarant' Ore) for his dedication to Eucharistic adoration. A cult grew up around him very soon after his death, and he was declared Blessed by Blessed Pius IX in 1860, and later canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1881. Benedict is patron saint of the  unmarried men (bachelors), rejects, mental illness, mentally ill people, insanity, beggars, hobos, the homeless. His feast day is observed on April 16.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 08-RSNIR-4
  • Size: 30 mm (1 1/4 inches) in diameter
  • Age: ca. 1908
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk
  • Price: $2,250
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