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1795 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relics of St. Lucia (Lucy) of Syracuse, Martyr

Oval glass-fronted silver pendant reliquary theca housing precious first-class ex ossibus (from the bone) relic of St. Lucia. The relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt paperolle and silver wire ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as Ex Oss. // S. Luciae V.M. (of the bone of Saint Lucia, Virgin & Martyr). On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly-preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Francesco Saverio Cristiani O.E.S.A. († 1800), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon in a capacity of the Sacristan of the Apostolic Palace during the pontificate of Pope Pius VI (p. 1775-1799). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr.  Cristiani in 1795.

St. Lucia of Syracuse (†304), also known as Saint Lucy or Saint Lucia (Italian: Santa Lucia), was a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution who is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Churches. She is one of eight women, who along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She is a patron of the blind; martyrs; Perugia, Italy; Mtarfa, Malta; epidemics; salesmen, Syracuse, Italy, throat infections, and writers.


Additional Info

  • ID#: 266-RSCR-6
  • Size: 34 x 28 mm
  • Age: ca. 1795
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $2,850
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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