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1827 Documented reliquary with the first-class relics of the Virgin Mary, Holy Family & selected saints

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1827 Documented reliquary with the first-class relics of the Virgin Mary, Holy Family & selected saints

Large oval glass-fronted silvered brass reliquary theca housing extremely rare first-class Ex Capillis (of the hair) relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary and relics of eight saints:first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of St. Firmi Martyr; ex veste (of the vest) relic of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary; first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of St. Anna, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary; first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of St. Vincent Ferreri; first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of St. Pascal Baylon; first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of St. Theresa of Avila; first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of St. Bonaventure; and first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of St. Catherina of Alexandria, Martyr. The relics are affixed to a silk ground surrounded by gilt paperolle and silver wire ornamentation and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedulae labels.  On the back, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Carlo Francesco Maria Caselli O.S.M. (†), Bishop of Parma (1804–1828). The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and sealed by the order of Cardinal Caselli in 1827.

Saint Firmus was a Christian martyr from Bergamo, Italy, who suffered under the Roman Emperor Maximian for refusing to sacrifice to pagan idols. Along with another martyr, Saint Rusticus, he was tortured, beaten with clubs, and beheaded. His feast day is commemorated on August 9.

The earliest records of a formal devotional following for Saint Joseph date to the year 800 and reference him as nutritor Domini (educator/guardian of the Lord). Together with the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus, Joseph is one of the three members of the Holy Family. Of all the saints in Christendom, the only ones of whom we possess no ex ossibus (from the bone) relics are the Blessed Virgin Mary and her husband Saint Joseph. This lack of bodily relics is attributed to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven body and soul, which is one of the great Marian Dogmas of the Church. The same reasoning is applied to lack of bodily relics of Saint Joseph, Virgin-Father of Christ and Chaste Spouse of Mary. 

Saint Anne was mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. She is a holy patron of Canada, carpenters; childless people; equestrians; grandparents; homemakers/housewives; lacemakers; lost articles; Fasnia (Tenerife); Mainar; Detroit; miners; mothers; moving house; old-clothes dealers; poverty; pregnancy; seamstresses; stablemen; sterility; mothers; and children.

Saint Vincent Ferrer, O.P., (†1419) was a Valencian Dominican friar, who gained acclaim as a missionary and a logician who was canonized by Pope Calixtus III in 1455. His feast day is celebrated on 5 April. He is a holy patron of builders, construction workers, plumbers, fishermen, and orphanages.

Saint Paschal Baylon (†1592) is a saint in the Roman Catholic Church noted for his strict austerities he imposed upon himself and his love for and compassion towards the ill. He is known for his strong and deep devotion to the Eucharist. Pope Paul V beatified him in 1618 and Pope Alexander VIII canonized him in 1690. He is known as the "Seraph of the Eucharist" and is the patron saint of Eucharistic congresses and Eucharistic associations. His feast day is commemorated on May 17.

Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus († 1582), was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, author during the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered to be, along with John of the Cross, a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. She was canonized in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, and in 1970 was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI. She is a Holy Patron of bodily ills; headaches; chess; loss of parents; people in need of grace; people in religious orders; people ridiculed for their piety; sick people; and sickness.

Saint Bonaventure († 1274), was an Italian medieval Franciscan, scholastic theologian and philosopher. The seventh Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, he was also a Cardinal Bishop of Albano. He was canonized in 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1588 by Pope Sixtus V. He is known as the "Seraphic Doctor". He is ranked along with Thomas Aquinas as the greatest of the Doctors of the Church and was regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 290-RSCR-7
  • Size: 58 x 50 mm
  • Age: ca. 1827
  • Origin: Parma, Italy
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: Price upon request
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