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1842 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relic of St. Alexander, Bishop of Jerusalem & Martyr

Oval silvered brass glass-fronted reliquary housing first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of ​​Saint Alexander, Bishop of Jerusalem and Martyr. The relic is affixed to the background of red silk ground surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Alexan. M. (St. Alexander, Martyr ). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Monsignor Costantino Patrizi Naro (†1876), Dean of the College of Cardinals and the Vicar General of the Roman Curia. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Monsignor Patrizi in 1842.

Saint Alexander, Bishop of Jerusalem and Martyr (†251 AD) had been imprisoned for his faith in the time of Roman Emperor Alexander Severus. After his release, he came to Jerusalem, where the aged Bishop Narcissus prevailed on Alexander to remain and assist him in the government of that see. Alexander was praised for the library he built in Jerusalem. In spite of his years, he, with several other bishops, was carried off a prisoner to Caesarea, and as the historians say, "The glory of his white hairs and great sanctity formed a double crown for him in captivity". His vita states that he suffered many tortures, but survived them all. When the wild beasts were brought to devour him, some licked his feet. Thrown into prison, he stayed there for quite a long time and died from beheading with a sword. His feast is kept by the Roman Catholic Church on March 18, by the Eastern Orthodox Churches on May 16/29 and December 12/25.

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  • ID#: 63-RSMBR-4
  • Размер: 27 x 24 mm
  • Возраст: около
  • Происхождение: около
  • Материалы: около
  • Цена: $3,500
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