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Silver theca with the first class relic of Saint Mathew the Apostle and Evangelist

Late 19th century silver oval theca housing on the background of red silk the first class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Mathew, the Apostle and Evangelist. The relic is titled on ornate paper cedula as Ex Oss. S. Matthae Apost. 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 Matthew also known as Levi was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and one of the four Evangelist. He was a  publican who, while sitting at the "receipt of custom" in Capernaum, was called to follow Jesus. Matthew is recognized as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran and Anglican churches. His feast day is celebrated on 21 September in the West and 16 November in the East. He is also commemorated by the Orthodox, together with the other Apostles, on 30 June (13 July), the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles. His tomb is located in the crypt of Salerno Cathedral in southern Italy.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 08-RSCR16-175
  • Size: 30 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. late 19th century
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $925
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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