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Silver theca with the first class relic of Saint Simon 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 Simon, the Apostle. The relic is titled on ornate paper cedula as Ex Oss. S. Simonis Apos. 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.

Simon the Zealot was one of the most obscure among the apostles of Jesus. A few pseudepigraphical writings were connected to him, and his name occurs in all of the Synoptic Gospels and the Book of Acts each time there is a list of apostles, without further details. His feast is celebrated on May 10 (Eastern Christianity) and October 28 (Western Christianity) and he is a Holy Patron of curriers; sawyers; and tanners.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 07-RSCR16-175
  • Size: 30 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. late 19th century
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $900
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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