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1919 Documented reliquary theca with relics of St. Francis de Sales & St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Oval  silver glass-fronted reliquary theca housing a first-class relic of Saint Francis de Sales and a pre-canonization first-class relic of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. The relics are affixed to a red silk ground decorated by gilt paperolle ornamentation and identified in Latin on a typeset cedulae labels as F. de Sale / Bte. Mte-Marie  On the back, under a protective cap with a raised image of the three Crosses of Golgotha, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Pierre-Lucien Campistron (†1921), Bishop of Annecy, France (1902–1921). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed in 1919 by Fr. Campistron where the relics are described for Saint Francis de Sales as "cloth soaked in blood" and for Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque as "bodily ashes". 

Saint Francis de Sales, CO OM OFM Cap. (French: François de Sales; †1622) was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. Along with St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Sales founded the women's Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary (Visitandines) in 1610.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, V.H.M. (French: Marguerite-Marie Alacoque) (†1690), was a French Roman Catholic nun and mystic, who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form. Mariologists refer to Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque as "living proof how Marian devotion is linked to 'Christology'" and the adoration of Jesus Christ. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920, and her Feast is celebrated on October 16. She is a Holy Patron of those suffering with polio, devotees of the Sacred Heart, and for the loss of parents.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 03-RSINR-35
  • Size: 35 x 23 mm ( 1 x 1 1/3 inches)
  • Age: ca. 1919
  • Origin: France
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk
  • Price: $1,250
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