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Reliquary theca with a relic of St. Therese de Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus

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Reliquary theca with a relic of St. Therese de Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus

Small oval glass-fronted silver theca housing a relic of Saint Therese de LisieuxThe relic is affixed to a red silk background surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label in Latin as S. Theresiae V.  (Saint Theresa, Virgin). 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 Bishop. 

Saint Therese de Lisieux († 1897) popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus," was a Roman Catholic French Discalced Carmelite nun widely venerated in modern times. After nine years as a Carmelite religious, having fulfilled various offices, and having spent her last eighteen months in Carmel in a night of faith, she died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. Thérèse has been a highly influential model of sanctity for Catholics and for others because of the "simplicity and practicality of her approach to the spiritual life". Together with Saint Francis of Assisi, she is one of the most popular saints in the history of the church. Pope Pius X called her "the greatest saint of modern times". She is a holy patron of Gardens of Vatican City, Missionaries; France; Russia; HIV/AIDS sufferers; radio care-a-thons; florists and gardeners; loss of parents; tuberculosis; and the Russicum; Alaska. Therese was beatified in 1923 and canonized on 17 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI, only 28 years after her death. Her feast day is commemorated on 1 October.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 19-13-RSINR-8
  • Size: 19 x 17 mm
  • Age: ca. 1920s
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk
  • Price: $575
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