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1993 Documented reliquary theca with relics of the Blessed Guido of Cortona

Round glass-fronted yellow-metal reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of a bone) relics of the Blessed Guido of Cortona. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as B. Guidi a Cortona (Blessed Guido of Corton) 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 Friars Minor. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued in 1993 by the Postulator General of the Order.

Blessed Guido of Cortona (†1247) was a Franciscan priest who, as a wealthy young bachelor, welcomed St. Francis of Assisi into his home with such kindness that the saint praised courtesy as one of God's qualities and prayed that Guido would join the new Franciscan order. He did so after seeing Francis in levitation. Guido founded the hermitage of Le Celle near Cortona and became an ascetical priest. He acquired fame for miracles reported in his vita: when gravely ill, he was cured by water that he had changed into wine; he healed a priest's paralyzed arm; multiplied a widow's flour during a famine; and brought back to life a girl who had drowned in a well. St. Francis appeared to him twice in his last days. His cult was approved in 1583 and his Feastday is celebrated on June 16.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 139-RSGSR
  • Size: 33 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1993
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $700
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