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Reliquary theca with relic of Saint Giovanni Leonardi, founder of the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God of Lucca

Large oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing pre-canonization first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Giovanni Leonardi. A substantial relic is affixed to a cloth background and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as ex oss. B. Io. Leonardi C.  (of the bone of the Blessed Giovanni Leonardi Confessor). On the back, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a faint imprint of a coat of arms of a Monsignor Costantino Patrizi Naro (†1876), Dean of the College of Cardinals and the Vicar General of the Roman Curia.

Saint Giovanni Leonardi (†1609) was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and the founder of the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God of Lucca (Clerici regulari a Mater Dei) a Roman Catholic Religious Order of priests, dedicated to education and pastoral care. He was beatified in 1861 and canonized in 1938 by Pope Pius XI. His liturgical feast is celebrated on 9 October. His relics lie enshrined in Santa Maria in Campitelli, Rome.


Additional Info

  • ID#: 18-4-RSINR-15
  • Size: 57 x 42 mm ( 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches)
  • Age: ca. second half of the 19th century, pre 1876
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk
  • Price: $950
  • Silver
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