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1853 Documented reliquary theca with relic of St. Francis of Assisi

Oval silvered brass glass-fronted reliquary housing second-class ex tunica (of the shirt) relic of Saint Francis of Assisi. The relic is affixed to the background of redr silk ground surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Francis. A. (Saint Francis of Assisi). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Fr. Giuseppe Maria Pietro Raffaele Castellani O.E.S.A. (†1854), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon (1839-1854), Papal Sacristan and Assistant to the Pontifical Throne of Pope Gregory XVI. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Castellani in 1853.

Saint Francis of Assisi (†1226), was an Italian Roman Catholic friar and preacher who founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis, and the Custody of the Holy Land. According to Christian tradition, in 1224 he received the stigmata during the apparition of a Seraphic angel in religious ecstasy, which would make him the first person in Christian tradition to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. Pope Gregory IX canonized Francis on 16 July 1228. Along with Catherine of Siena, he was designated patron saint of Italy. He later became associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment, and it became customary for churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on or near his feast day of 4 October.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 56-RSMBR-4
  • Size: 27 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 1853
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silvered brass, silver, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $2,350
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