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1831 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relics of St. Joseph & St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church

Small oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca housing ex Pallio (of the coat) relics of St. Joseph, and ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The relics are affixed to the background of red silk ground surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified in Latin on manuscript cedulae labels as S. Josephi Sp./ S. Thomasi Aq. D. (St. Joseph, Spouse & St. Thomas Aquinas Doctor of the Church). 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. Giovanni Pietro Augustoni O.E.S.A. (†1839), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon and Sacristan of the Apostolic Palace (1829–1839). The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Augustoni in 1831.

The earliest records of a formal devotional following for Saint Joseph date to the year 800 and reference to him as nutritor Domini (educator/guardian of the Lord). Together with the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus, Joseph is one of the three members of the Holy Family. Of all the saints in Christendom, the only ones of whom we possess no ex ossibus (from the bone) relics are the Blessed Virgin Mary and her husband Saint Joseph. This lack of bodily relics is attributed to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven body and soul, which is one of the great Marian Dogmas of the Church. The same reasoning is applied to the lack of bodily relics of Saint Joseph, the Virgin-Father of Christ, and the Chaste Spouse of Mary. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of a number of cities, regions and countries, among them the Americas, Canada, China, Croatia, Mexico, Korea, Austria, Belgium, Peru, the Philippines, and Vietnam, as well as of families, fathers, expectant mothers (pregnant women), travelers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers, and working people in general.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, OP (†1274) is a Catholic saint and Doctor of the Church who was an Italian Dominican friar and Roman Catholic priest, and an immensely influential philosopher, theologian and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the "Doctor Angelicus" and "Doctor Communis". He is a patron of Academics; against storms; against lightning; apologists; Aquino, Italy; Belcastro, Italy; book sellers; Catholic academies, schools, and universities; chastity; Falena, Italy; learning; pencil makers; philosophers; publishers; scholars; students; University of Sto. Tomas; Sto. Tomas, Batangas; and theologians.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 236-RSCR-4
  • Size: 24 x 19 mm
  • Age: ca. 1831
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silver, glass, paper, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $2,500
  • Silver

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