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Reliquary theca with second-class relics of Saint Francis of Assisi

Oval glass-fronted brass theca housing a second-class ex pallio (of the coat) relic of Saint Francis of AssisiThe relic is affixed to a red silk background surrounded by silver wire and gilt paperole ornamentation and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as pallio di Fran:d: A.  (Of the coat of Saint Francis of Assisi). On the back, 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 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#: 18-7-RSINR-125
  • Size: 31 x 25 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: SOLD!

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