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Large theca with relics of the Holy Sepulcher of Christ, St. Lucia, St. Apollonia, St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi & St. Margaret of Castello

Large glass-fronted gilt brass reliquary theca housing an Arma Christi pebble relic of the Holy Sepulchre of Christ surrounded by relics of 4 female Catholic Saints: the first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of St. Lucia of Syracuse, the first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Apollonia, the second-class ex linteo (of the cloth) relic of Saint Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, and the second-class pre-canonization ex veste (of the vestments) relic of St. Margaret of Città di Castello. The relics are affixed to a red silk background decorated with silver wire ornamentation and identified on manuscript cedulae labels. On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly-preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Italian Roman Catholic Bishop.

Holy Sepulchre or Jesus's empty tomb is one of the holiest sites in Christianity, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected. The tomb is enclosed by the 18th-century shrine, called the Edicule in The Church of the Holy Sepulchre located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. 

St. Lucia of Syracuse (†304), also known as Saint Lucy, or Saint Lucia (Italian: Santa Lucia), was a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution who is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Churches. She is one of eight women, who along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She is a patron of the blind; martyrs; Perugia, Italy; Mtarfa, Malta; epidemics; salesmen, Syracuse, Italy, throat infections, and writers.

Saint Apollonia was one of a group of virgin martyrs who suffered in Alexandria during a local uprising against the Christians prior to the persecution of Decius. According to church tradition, her torture included having all of her teeth violently pulled out or shattered. For this reason, she is popularly regarded as the patroness of dentistry and those suffering from toothache or other dental problems. She is venerated in Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Oriental Orthodoxy, and her feast day is celebrated on February 9.

Saint Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, O.Carm. († 1607) was an Italian Carmelite nun and mystic. Numerous miracles allegedly followed de' Pazzi's death. She was beatified in 1626 and canonized in 1669 by Pope Clement IX. She is little known outside Italy, but her cult is very strong, especially in Florence. Her importance in the Mission to the East, especially in connection with India is recently explored. Her feast day is commemorated on May 25.

St. Margaret of Città di Castello (†1320) was an Italian Roman Catholic and professed member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic. She had disabilities and became known for her deep faith and holiness. Her parents abandoned her in a local church due to her disabilities and the town's poor took her in and assumed care for her. She met with Dominican friars and was accepted as a secular member in their third order; she started a school for children to teach them in the faith. Margaret's holiness was apparent to all in her life that people lobbied for her to be buried in the local church which was an honor reserved for few - . Her beatification received approval from Pope Paul V on 19 October 1609. Pope Francis canonized her on 24 April 2021.She is a patron saint of Pro-life movements, disabled and blind people.Her feast day is 13 April.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 276-20-RSCR-12
  • Size: 75 x 65 mm (3 x 2 1/2 inches)
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $700
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