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Silver theca with the first class relic of Saint Barnabas the Apostle

Late 19th century silver oval theca housing on the background of red silk the first class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Barnabas, the Apostle. The relic is titled on ornate paper cedula as Ex Oss. S. Barnabae, Ap. The back of the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of Guglielmo Pifferi (+1910) O.S.A., titular Bishop of Porphyreon and papal sacristan in charge of care of the sacred items - items that belong to the Holy Father and the papal chapels in the Vatican.

Saint Barnabas, was one of the prominent Christian disciples in Jerusalem who was named an Apostle in Acts 14:14. He and Paul the Apostle undertook missionary journeys together and defended Gentile converts against the Judaizers. They traveled together making more converts, and participated in the Council of Jerusalem (c. 50). Barnabas and Paul successfully evangelized among the "God-fearing" Gentiles who attended synagogues in various Hellenized cities of Anatolia. He is a holy patron of Cyprus, Antioch, against hailstorms, and invoked as peacemaker.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 05-RSCR16-175
  • Size: 30 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. late 19th century
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $850
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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