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1991 Documented theca with relics of an Indian St. Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception

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1991 Documented theca with relics of an Indian St. Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception

Round glass-fronted yellow-metal reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) pre-canonization relic of St. Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as Bl. Alphonsa Bharananganam (Blessed Alphonsa from Bharananganam).  On the back, under the 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 Friars Minor. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed in 1991 by the Postulator General of the Friars Minors responsible for the cause of beatification and canonization. 

Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception (†1946), was a nun and an educator in the Kottayam pergunna of the erstwhile Travancore province (present-day Kerala) of India. She is venerated as a Saint and known for being a victim soul, visionary and prophetess. She is the first woman of Indian origin to be canonized as a saint after decades of inquiry by the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints, she is also the first saint of the Syro-Malabar Church, an Eastern Catholic community of Eastern Christianity. Alphonsa was beatified in 1986 by Pope John Paul II during his apostolic pilgrimage to India. She was canonized in the Vatican City by Pope Benedict XVI on 12 October 2008.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 141-RSGSR
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1991
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $975
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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