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Reliquary theca with relics of St. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, patron saint of parish priests

Oval glass-fronted silver theca housing a pre-canonization relic of Saint Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney. The relic is affixed to a gold silk background surrounded by gilt silver wire ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label in French as Bti. J.M. Vianne. On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic Archbishop. A small silver medal with a  portrait of the Saint Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney is affixed to the upper loop of the theca. 

Saint Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, T.O.S.F. († 1859), commonly known in English as St. John Vianney, was a French parish priest who is venerated in the Catholic Church as a saint and as the patron saint of parish priests. He is often referred to as the "Curé d'Ars" (i.e., Parish Priest of Ars), internationally known for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish in Ars, France, because of the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. Catholics attribute this to his saintly life, mortification, his persevering ministry in the sacrament of confession, and his ardent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On 3 October 1874 Pope Pius IX proclaimed him "venerable"; on 8 January 1905, Pope Pius X declared him Blessed. In 1925 John Mary Vianney was canonized by Pope Pius XI, who in 1929 made him the patron saint of parish priests. His feast day is 4 August.


Additional Info

  • ID#: 19-9-RSINR-125
  • Size: 32 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: France
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk
  • Price: $725
  • Silver

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