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Reliquary theca with relics of St. Benedict Joseph Labre, Patron of Bachelors

Oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca housing the second-class relic of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, T.O.S.F. The relic is affixed to a  silk ground and identified in Latin on the bi-color manuscript cedula label as S. Ben. Jos. Labr.  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Milan. 

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, T.O.S.F., (French: Benoît-Joseph Labre) (†1783) was a French mendicant, Franciscan tertiary, and Catholic saint known as the "saint of the Forty Hours" (or Quarant' Ore) for his dedication to Eucharistic adoration. A cult grew up around him very soon after his death, and he was declared Blessed by Blessed Pius IX in 1860, and later canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1881. Benedict is the patron saint of unmarried men (bachelors), rejects, mental illness, mentally ill people, insanity, beggars, hobos, the homeless. His feast day is observed on April 16.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 18-18-RSINR-1
  • Size: 36 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Milan, Italy
  • Materials: Silver, glass, silk
  • Price: $775
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