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1842 Documented reliquary theca with relics of St. Angela Merici & the Sepulcher of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oval silvered brass glass-fronted pendant reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of St. Angela Merici and the Sepulcher relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 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 Ex Sep. B.V.M. / S. Ang. Mer. (from the Sepulcher of the Blessed Virgin Mary / St. Angela Merici). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Monsignor Costantino Patrizi Naro (†1876), Dean of the College of Cardinals and the Vicar General of the Roman Curia. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Monsignor Patrizi in 1842.

Saint Angela de Merici (†1540) was an Italian religious educator, who is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church. She founded the Company of St. Ursula in 1535 in Brescia, in which women dedicated their lives to the service of the Church through the education of girls. From this organization later sprang the monastic Order of Ursulines, whose nuns established places of prayer and learning throughout Europe and, later, worldwide, most notably in North America. She is a holy patron of sickness, handicapped people, loss of parents. Her feast day is commemorated on January 27.

The Sepulcher of the Blessed Virgin Mary is now housed inside the Church of the Sepulcher of Saint Mary at the foot of Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem. The stone bench on which the Virgin's body was laid out, now encased in glass. The Armenian Patriarchate Armenian Apostolic Church of Jerusalem and Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem are in joint possession of the shrine.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 69-RSMBR-35
  • Size: 28 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 1842
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silvered brass, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $2,750
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