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1802 Vatican documented reliquary theca with a relic of St. Catherine of Alexandria, the Great Martyr

Oval brass glass-fronted reliquary housing first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The relic is affixed to the background of red silk ground surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified in Latin on a bi-color manuscript cedula label as S. Catherinae V. (St. Catherine, Virgin ). On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Fr. Giuseppe Bartolomeo Menocchio, O.E.S.A. (1741- 1823), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon and Sacristan of His Holiness Pius VII. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Menocchio in 1803.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. She is a patron of Unmarried girls, Aalsum; apologists; craftsmen who work with a wheel (potters, spinners); archivists; dying people; educators; girls; jurists; knife sharpeners; lawyers; librarians; libraries; Balliol College; Massey College; maidens; mechanics; millers; milliners; hat-makers; nurses; philosophers; preachers; scholars; schoolchildren; scribes; secretaries; spinsters; stenographers; students; tanners; theologians; University of Oviedo; University of Paris; haberdashers; wheelwrights; Żejtun, Malta; Żurrieq, Malta; Pagbilao, Quezon, Philippines; Carcar City, Cebu, Philippines; and Katerini, Greece.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 233-RSCR-4
  • Size: 26 x 21 mm
  • Age: ca. 1803
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $3,250
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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