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1804 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relic of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oval silvered brass glass-fronted pendant reliquary theca housing the ex Pallio (of the coat) relic of St. Joseph, Husband 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 a typeset cedula label as St. Joseph Sp. (St. Joseph, Spouse [of the Blessed Virgin Mary]). 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 Fr. Giuseppe Bartolomeo Menocchio, O.E.S.A. (†1823), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon (1800–1823) and Sacristan of His Holiness Pius VII. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Monsignor Menocchio in 1804.

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 lack of bodily relics of Saint Joseph, Virgin-Father of Christ and 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.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 61-RSMBR-45
  • Size: 27 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 1804
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silvered brass, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $2,950
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