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1853 Documented reliquary theca with relic of St. Philomena, Martyr

Oval silvered brass glass-fronted reliquary housing first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of ​​Saint Philomena . The relic is affixed to the background of salmon colored silk ground surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Philum. VM. (Saint Philomena, Virgin & Martyr ). 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 Philomena was a young consecrated virgin whose remains were discovered on May 24/25 1802 in the Catacomb of Priscilla. The remains were translated to Mugnano del Cardinale in 1805 becoming the focus of widespread devotion; several miracles were credited to the saint's intercession, including the healing of Venerable Pauline Jaricot in 1835. Saint John Vianney attributed to her intercession the extraordinary cures that others attributed to himself.​ ​In 1833, a Neapolitan nun reported that Philomena had appeared in a vision to her, and the Saint had revealed that she was a Greekprincess, martyred at 13 years of age by Diocletian, who was Roman Emperor from 284 to 305. Saint Philomena is the Holy Patron of children, youth, babies, infants, priests, lost causes, sterility, virgins, Children of Mary, The Universal Living Rosary Association, Sibonga, and Cebu. Her feast day is venerated on the 11th of August.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 71-RSMBR-35
  • Size: 27 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 1853
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silvered brass, silver, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $2,750
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