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Documented theca with relic of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Historically important late -18th-century oval silver crystal-fronted theca housing significant relic of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relic is affixed to a background of faded red silk and titled on paper cedula as de Pallio / S. Joseph Sp. (of the robes of Saint Joseph, Spouse). The back of the theca is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of (venerable) Francesco Antonio Marcucci (+1798), Titular Patriarch of Constantinople, personal advisor to Pope Clement XIV, and founder of Congregation of the Pious Workers of Mary Immaculate. Comes with original certification document dated 1780 and signed by fr. Francesco Antonio Marcucci in the capacity of Bishop of Montalto, Italy. 

The earliest records of a formal devotional following for Saint Joseph date to the year 800 and reference to him as nutritor Domini (educator/guardian of the Lord). Together with the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus, Joseph is one of the three members of the Holy Family. Of all the saints in Christendom, the only ones of whom we possess no ex ossibus (of the bone) relics are the Blessed Virgin Mary and her husband Saint Joseph. This lack of bodily relics is attributed to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven body and soul, which is one of the great Marian Dogmas of the Church. The same reasoning is applied to lack of bodily relics of Saint Joseph, Virgin-Father of Christ and Chaste Spouse of Mary. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of a number of cities, regions and countries, among them the Americas, Canada, China, Croatia, Mexico, Korea, Austria, Belgium, Peru, the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as of families, fathers, expectant mothers (pregnant women), travelers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers, and working people in general.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 66-RSCR-5
  • Size: theca: 30 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. 1780
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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