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Silver theca with the first class relic of Saint Bartholomew, 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 Bartholomew, the Apostle. The relic is titled on ornate paper cedula as Ex Oss. S. Bartholomaei, 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 Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He has been identified with Nathanael who appears in the Gospel according to John as being introduced to Christ by Philip who would also become an apostle. His Feast day is celebrated on August 24 (Western Christianity) and June 11 (Eastern Christianity) and he is a Holy Patron of  Armenia; bookbinders; butchers; Florentine cheese and salt merchants; Gambatesa, Italy; Catbalogan, Samar; Għargħur, Malta; leather workers; neurological diseases; plasterers; shoemakers; curriers; tanners; trappers; twitching; whiteners; and Los Cerricos (Spain).

Additional Info

  • ID#: 16-RSCR16-175
  • Size: 30 x 26 mm
  • Age: ca. late 19th century
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $825
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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