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Reliquary theca with relics of Sepulchre of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oval silver glass-fronted theca housing a particle relic from the Sepulchre of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relic is affixed to a red background and identified on a typeset cedula label as Sep[ulchre] B.V.M. On the back,  the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Cardinal Pietro Respighi (†1913), Vicar General of Rome (1900-1913).

The Sepulchre of the Blessed Virgin Mary is now housed inside of the Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary at the foot of Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem. The stone bench on which the Virgin's body was laid out, now encased in glass. The Armenian Patriarchate Armenian Apostolic Church of Jerusalem and Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem are in joint possession of the shrine. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 34-RSCR40-11
  • Size: 39 x 31 mm
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: glass, silver
  • Price: $775
  • Orthodox Cross
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