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Reliquary theca with a relic of Saint Francis of Assisi

Small oval glass-fronted silver theca housing a first-class ex cineribus (of the bodily ashes) relic of Saint Francis of AssisiThe relic is affixed to a red silk background surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified on a typeset cedula label in Latin as Cin: / S. Fran.  (Of the bodily ashes of Saint Francis oof Assisi). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a faint imprint of a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic Bishop. 

Saint Francis of Assisi (†1226), was an Italian Roman Catholic friar and preacher who founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis, and the Custody of the Holy Land. According to Christian tradition, in 1224 he received the stigmata during the apparition of a Seraphic angel in religious ecstasy, which would make him the first person in Christian tradition to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. Pope Gregory IX canonized Francis on 16 July 1228. Along with Catherine of Siena, he was designated patron saint of Italy. He later became associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment, and it became customary for churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on or near his feast day of 4 October.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 19-14-RSINR-8
  • Size: 22 x 18 mm
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk
  • Price: SOLD!
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