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1834 Documented reliquary theca with relic of St. Rose of Lima, Patron of Latin America

Oval glass-fronted brass pendant reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus (of a bone) relic of St. Rose of Lima. A sizable relic is affixed to a blue silk ground surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified in Latin on manuscript cedula label as S. Rosae / Limen V. (St. Rose of Lima, Virgin).  On the back, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Vitale Loschi (†), Bishop of Parma,  Bishop of Parma (1831-1842). The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and sealed by the order of Bishop Loschiin 1834.

Saint Rose of Lima, TOSD (†1617) was a lay member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in Lima, Peru, who became known for both her life of severe penance and her care of the poverty stricken of the city through her own private efforts. Rose of Lima was born to a noble family and is the patron saint of embroidery, gardening and cultivation of blooming flowers. She was declared a saint by the Catholic Church, being the first person born in the Americas to be canonized as such. Her shrine is located inside of the convent of Saint Dominic in Lima, Peru. The Catholic Church says that many miracles followed her death: there were stories that she had cured a leper, and that, at the time of her death, the city of Lima smelled like roses; roses also started falling from the sky. Many places in the New World are named Santa Rosa after her. As a saint, Rose of Lima has been designated as a co-patroness of the Philippines, the primary patroness of Peru, and of the local people of Latin America. Her feast day is celebrated on August 23. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 281-24-RSCR-225
  • Size: 32 x 25 mm
  • Age: ca. 1834
  • Origin: Parma, Italy
  • Materials: Brass, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $3,575
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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