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1938 Documented reliquary theca with relics of St. Therese of Lisieux (of Child Jesus)

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1938 Documented reliquary theca with relics of St. Therese of Lisieux (of Child Jesus)

Large oval solid silver glass-fronted reliquary theca housing three relics of Saint Thérèse de Lisieux: the first-class ex ossibus (of the bone), ex capillis (of the hair), and the second-class ex velo (of the veil). The relics are affixed to a blue silk ground attached by red silk threads to a seal of Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of a French Cardinal Pierre-Marie Paul Gerlier (†1965), the Archbishop of Lyon and the Primate of Gaul (1937–1965). The relics are identified in French on a typeset cedula label as Ste. Thérèse de l'Enfant-Jésus. (St. Therese of Child Jesus).  On the back, under a protective glass, the theca contains a portrait of Saint Therese. The reliquary comes with a letter of testimony (with the original envelope) from a parish priest of Salins, France, dated February 17, 1938. 

Saint Therese de Lisieux († 1897), popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus," was a Roman Catholic French Discalced Carmelite nun widely venerated in modern times. After nine years as a Carmelite religious, having fulfilled various offices, and having spent her last eighteen months in Carmel in a night of faith, she died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. Thérèse has been a highly influential model of sanctity for Catholics and for others because of the "simplicity and practicality of her approach to the spiritual life." Together with Saint Francis of Assisi, she is one of the most popular saints in the church's history. Pope Pius X called her "the greatest saint of modern times." She is a holy patron of Gardens of Vatican City, Missionaries; France; Russia; HIV/AIDS sufferers; radio care-a-thons; florists and gardeners; loss of parents; tuberculosis; and the Russicum; Alaska. Therese was beatified in 1923 and canonized on 17 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI, only 28 years after her death. Her feast day is commemorated on 1 October.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 01-RSGA-12
  • Size: 7.5 x 5 cm (3 x 2 inches)
  • Age: ca. 1938
  • Origin: Salins, France
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Silver
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