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Vatican Reliquary theca with relics of Martyr Saint Constantia (Constanza), the Protectress of Paphos (Cyprus)

Round white-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relics of Saint Constantia. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Constantiae, V.M. (Saint Constantia, Virgin & Martyr).  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 Ugo Poletti (†1997), Cardinal Vicar General of Rome (1973–1991). 

Saint Constantia of Paphos was a noble lady on the island of Cyprus who was the disciple of an ascetic Saint Hilarion the Great. After Saint Hilarion’s death, Constantia remained near his grave and struggled in asceticism, in imitation of the Saint, praying ceaselessly and striving for her spiritual fulfillment. Through her faith and her prayers to Saint Hilarion, she was also found worthy of performing miracles. When Saint Constantia received a message saying that Saint Hilarion’s body was stolen and brought to Palestine, She immediately fell dead, thus attesting to her deep love for the servant of God. The Cypriot Menaion contains a complete Service in honor of Saint Constantia, and in her Troparion, she is called “the Protectress of Paphos.” Her Feast day is celebrated on August 25.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 541-RSGSR
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1990s
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: Metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $775
  • Orthodox Cross

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