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Reliquary theca with a relic of St. Clare of Montefalco (St. Clare of the Cross)

Oval glass-fronted brass theca housing a pre-canonization relic of Saint Clare of MontefalcoThe 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 B. Clarae de Mte Falco V..  (the Blessed Clare of Montefalco, Virgin). 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 Clare of Montefalco (†1308), also called Saint Clare of the Cross, was an Augustinian nun and abbess. Before becoming a nun, Clare was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis (Secular). In 1294, during the celebration of the Epiphany, she fell into ecstasy and remained in that state for several weeks. Since she was unable even to eat during this period, the other nuns sustained Clare's life by feeding her sugar water. During this time, Clare reported having a vision in which she saw herself being judged in front of God. Immediately following Clare's death her heart was removed from her body, and upon inspection, it was reported that symbols of Christ's passion, a crucifix, and a scourge, were found within her heart. She was beatified in 1737, and canonized by Pope Leo XIII on December 8, 1881. Her feast is commemorated on August 17.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 18-13-RSINR-12
  • Size: 30 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $52520% off$420

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