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1990 Documented reliquary theca with relics of 3 Female Saints: St. Dorothy, St. Ursula & St. Catherine de' Ricci

Round yellow-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relics of St. Martyr Dorothy, St. Martyr Ursula & St. Catherine Ricci. The relics are affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedulae labels as S. Dorotheae V.M. / S. Ursulae V. Soc. M./ S. Catha. Ricci (Saint Dorothy, Virgin & Martyr /St. Ursula, Virgin with Companions Martyrs /St. Catherine Ricci).  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 Order of Friars Preachers (better known as the Dominicans). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and sealed in 1990 by the Postulator General of the Order. 

Saint Dorothea of Alexandria († c. 320) is venerated as a virgin martyr. Her legend states that she was courted by Emperor Maximinus. She rejected his suit in favor of her adherence to Christianity and her commitment to virginity, and he had her beheaded.

Saint Ursula (†383) is a Romano-British Christian saint. According to Tradition, she was a princess who set sail along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens to join her future husband, the pagan Governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica. After a miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome with her followers and persuaded the Pope, Cyriacus, and Sulpicius, bishop of Ravenna, to join them. After setting out for Cologne, which was being besieged by Huns, all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre. The Huns' leader fatally shot Ursula with an arrow in about 383 AD. She is a patron saint of Cologne, England, archers, orphans, students, Binangonan, Rizal.

Saint Catherine de' Ricci (†1590), was an Italian Dominican Tertiary sister venerated for her mystic visions and is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church. She is believed to have had miraculous visions and corporeal encounters with Jesus, both with the infant Jesus and with the adult Jesus. She is said to have spontaneously bled with the wounds of the crucified Christ. Her feast day is commemorated on February 2 and she is considered a patron saint of the sick.

 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 272-RSGS
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1990
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $700
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