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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron of Italy & animals

Oval brass glass-fronted reliquary theca housing the first-class relic of Saint Francis of Assisi. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as S. Francisci Ass  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 Monsignor Costantino Patrizi Naro (†1876), Dean of the College of Cardinals and the Vicar General of the Roman Curia.

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#: 19-22-RSINR-1
  • Size: 27 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. last quarter oof the 19th century
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $625

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