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Reliquary theca with relics of St. Francis of Assisi & St. Procopius Sázava, patron of Bohemia

Oval crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing first-class relics of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Procopius. Relics are affixed to a multicolored silk background and identified in Latin on a bi-color manuscript cedulae labels as Ex Imbu. Sangui. S. Francis Ass. / Ex Oss. Procopii Con. (from the cloth soaked in the blood of St. Francis of Assisi / from the bone of St. Procopius, Confessor). On the back, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a clear 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.

Saint Procopius of Sázava (†1053) was a Czech canon and hermit, canonized as a saint of the Catholic church in 1204. Little about his life is known with certainty. He was married and had a son, but later entered the Benedictine order, presumably at Břevnov Monastery, and eventually retired to the wilderness as a hermit, living in a cave on the banks of Sázava River, where over time he attracted a group of fellow hermits. The community of hermits was incorporated as a Benedictine monastery by the duke of Bohemia in 1032/3, now known as Sázava Monastery, or St Procopius Monastery, where he served as the first abbot for the span of twenty years until his death.His feast is commemorated on 14 July (Roman Catholic) and 16 September (Eastern Orthodox). He is considered t be a holy patron of Bohemia.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 18-5-RSINR-15
  • Size: 37 x 32 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: France
  • Materials: silver, crystal, silk
  • Price: $975
  • Silver

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