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Large fancy reliquary theca with relics of St. Germaine Cousin (St. Germana), Patron of abuse victims

Large oval glass-fronted reliquary theca decorated on the outside fancy gilt paperole and pearls housing relic of St. Germaine Cousin (St. Germana). The relic is affixed to a gold silk background and identified on a typeset cedula label as S. Germana V. (Saint Germana, Virgin).On the back, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a faint imprint of a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic Archbishop. 

Saint Germaine Cousin, (also Germana Cousin, Germaine of Pibrac, or Germana), (†1601) is a French saint who is said to have practiced many austerities as reparation for the sacrileges perpetrated by heretics in the neighboring churches. She frequented the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist, and it was observed that her piety increased on the approach of every feast of the Virgin Mary. The villagers are said to have inclined at first to treat her piety with mild derision until certain signs of God's signal favor made her an object of reverence and awe. She is a patron of abandoned people; abuse victims; against poverty; disabled people; girls from rural areas; illness; impoverishment; loss of parents; shepherdesses; sick people; unkind people; and physical therapists. She was beatified in 1864 and canonized on 29 June 1867 by Pope Pius IX. Her feast day is commemorated on June 15.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 18-3-RSINR-25
  • Size: 4 3/4 x 4 inches (10 x 12 cm)
  • Age: ca. late 19th century
  • Origin: France
  • Materials: Paper, glass, silk, wax
  • Price: $975

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