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1984 Documented medal & reliquary theca with relics of the Blessed Rafaela Ybarra de Vilallonga, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Guardian Angels

Round yellow-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of the Blessed Rafaela Ybarra de Vilallonga. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as B. R. Ybarra (the Blessed Rafaela Ybarra [de Vilallonga]). 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 the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives (better known as the Trinitarians). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and sealed by the Postulator General of the Order on 30 September 1984 (on the day of the beatification) and comes in the original silk-covered case of the issue containing a double-sided medal with a portrait of the Blessed. 

Blessed Rafaela Ybarra Arambarri de Vilallonga (†1900) was a Spanish Roman Catholic, born to a wealthy and pious family. In her mid-thirties, Rafaela took personal vows of poverty, obedience, and chastity. Widowed, she spent her life and fortune caring for others. She founded the Institute of the Sisters of Guardian Angels to work with abandoned and neglected children. Pope John Paul II granted definitive approval that the healing was a miracle and then beatified Vilallonga on 30 September 1984 in Saint Peter's Square.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 279-RSGSR
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1984
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: Metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $875

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