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1990 Documented theca with relics of St. Rita of Cascia, Blessed Margherita of Savoy & St. Margaret (Marina) of of Antioch, Martyr

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1990 Documented theca with relics of St. Rita of Cascia, Blessed Margherita of Savoy & St. Margaret (Marina) of of Antioch, Martyr

Round glass-fronted yellow-metal reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relics of 3 Christian female saints: St. Rita of Cascia, Blessed Margherita of Savoy, and St. Margaret of Cortona. The relics are affixed to a ground of red silk surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified on a typeset cedulae labels as S. Rita a Cassia / B. Margheritae S. / S. Margaret V.M.  (St. Rita of Cascia, Blessed Margherita of Savoy, and St. Margaret, Virgin & Martyr).  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 Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed in 1990 by the Postulator General of the Order responsible for the cause of beatification and canonization. 

St. Rita of Cascia (†1457), was an Italian widow and Augustinian nun venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. After death of her husband, she joined an Augustinian community of religious sisters, where she was known both for practicing mortification of the flesh and for the efficacy of her prayers. Various miracles are attributed to her intercession, and she is often portrayed with a bleeding wound on her forehead, which is understood to indicate partial stigmata. Pope Leo XIII canonized Rita on 24 May 1900. Her feast day is celebrated on 22 May. At her canonization ceremony, she was bestowed the title of Patroness of Impossible Causes, while in many Catholic countries, Rita came to be known as the patroness of abused wives and heartbroken women. Her incorrupt body remains in the Basilica of Santa Rita da Cascia.

Blessed Margaret of Savoy (†1464) was the Marchioness of Montferrat and a Dominican Sister who, after the death of her husband, decided to abandon the world and retired to Alba where she joined the Third Order of St. Dominic. Later, when Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, asked her hand in marriage and begged Pope Martin V to relieve her of her vow, Margaret opposed a formal refusal to this request and with several young women of rank, founded a monastery and placed it under the rule of the order of St. Dominic. Redoubling her fortifications, she remained a model of piety and died at Alba. She was Beatified in 1669 by Pope Clement IX and her Feastday is celebrated on November 23.

Saint Margaret of Antioch also known as Saint Marina, the Great Martyr in the East, is celebrated as a saint by the Eastern-Rite Orthodox Church on July 17 and on July 20 in the Western Rite Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Anglican Churches. She was reputed to have promised very powerful indulgences to those who wrote or read her life, or invoked her intercessions; these no doubt helped the spread of her cultus. The veneration of Saint Margaret became very widespread in England, where more than 250 churches are dedicated to her, most famously, St. Margaret's, Westminster, the parish church of the British Houses of Parliament in London. She is considered a Holy Patron of childbirth, pregnant women, dying people, kidney disease, peasants, exiles, falsely accused people; Lowestoft, England; Queens' College, Cambridge; nurses; Sannat and Bormla, and Malta.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 278-RSGSR
  • Size: 33 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1990
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: metal, glass, sik, Spanish wax
  • Price: $775
  • Orthodox Cross

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