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Reliquary theca with relics of 2 Capuchin Saints: St. Crispino da Viterbo & St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Round glass-fronted gilt brass reliquary theca housing pre-canonization relics of 2 Capuchin Saints: the second-class ex veste (of the vestment) relic of Saint Crispino da Viterbo and the second-class ex habite (of the habit) relic of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi. The relics are affixed to a red silk background decorated with silver wire ornamentation and identified on manuscript cedulae labels. 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 an unidentified Italian Roman Catholic Bishop.

Saint Crispino da Viterbo (†1750) was an Italian Roman Catholic professed religious from the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin who was an ardent devotee of the Mother of God and was consecrated to her protection in 1674 and he even made a small altar dedicated to her when he served in the kitchens at the house in Orvieto. He served in various roles for the order in various cities around Rome, where he became a well-known figure with various nobles and prelates - even Pope Clement XI visiting him and seeking him out for advice and support. He was known as a sort of wonderworker who worked miracles during his lifetime. He was also known for his warm sense of humor and his simple method for living. Pope Pius VII beatified him in 1806, while Pope John Paul II canonized him as a saint on 20 June 1982 - the first canonization in the latter's pontificate.

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi (†1619) was a Roman Catholic priest, a theologian, and a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. An accomplished linguist, in addition to his native Italian, Lawrence could read and speak Latin, Hebrew, Greek, German, Czech, Spanish, and French fluently. In 1602, he was elected vicar general of the Capuchin friars, at that time the highest office in the Order. He was elected again in 1605 but refused the office. Until his death, he served as the adviser of his successors. He entered the service of the Holy See, becoming papal nuncio to Bavaria and to Spain, eventually retiring to a monastery in 1618. He was beatified in 1783 by Pope Pius VI and was canonized in 1881 by Pope Leo XIII. In 1959 Pope John XXIII declared him Doctor of the Church with the title “Apostolic Doctor.” His Feastday is commemorated on 21 July.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 276-7-RSCR-12
  • Size: 53 mm (2 inches)
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $675
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