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2005 Documented reliquary with relics of St. Placidus (Placitus), Monk & Martyr

Round yellow-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of Saint Placidus, Martyr. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as Ex Ossibvs S. Placidi Mon. M. (Saint Placidus, Monk & 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 Giuseppe Mani, Archbishop of Cagliari (2003–2012). The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed in 2005 by Monsignor Mani. 

Saint Placidus (Placitus), along with Saints Eutychius (Euticius), Victorinus and their sister Flavia, Donatus, Firmatus the deacon, Faustus, and thirty others, have been venerated as Christian martyrs, said to be martyred either by pirates at Messina or under Emperor Diocletian. n their Acts, this Placidus was confused with a saint of the same name who was a follower of St. Benedict. Thus, the legend of this unknown Sicilian martyr has him go to Italy in 541, and found a monastery at Messina, of which he was abbot, and where he was said to have been martyred with thirty companions. The feast day of the martyr saints was not in the Tridentine Calendar but was included in the General Roman Calendar for celebration on 5 October. Some traditionalist Catholics continue to observe pre-1970 calendars.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 432-RSGSR
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 2005
  • Origin: Sardinia, Italy
  • Materials: Metal, glass, silk, wax
  • Price: $725
  • Orthodox Cross
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