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1812 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relic of St. Roch (Rocco)

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1812 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relic of St. Roch (Rocco)

Oval crystal-fronted silvered brass pendant reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus (of a bone) relic of Saint RochA significant relic is affixed to a multicolor silk ground surrounded by silver wire and gilt paperolle ornamentation and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as S. Rochi Conf (Saint Roch, Confessor).  On the back, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Francesco Marinelli, O.E.S.A.(†1887), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon and the Sacristan of the Apostolic Curia (1856-1887). The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and sealed by the order of Bishop Marinelli in 1862.

Saint Roch or Rocco († 1327) was a Catholic saint, a confessor specially invoked against the plague. He is a patron saint of dogs and falsely accused people, among other things. His popularity, originally in central and northern Italy and at Montpellier, spread through Spain, France, Lebanon, the Low Countries, Brazil, and Germany, where he was often interpolated into the roster of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, whose veneration spread in the wake of the Black Death. The 16th-century Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the adjacent church of San Rocco were dedicated to him by a confraternity at Venice, where his body was said to have been surreptitiously translated and was triumphantly inaugurated in 1485. Numerous brotherhoods have been instituted in his honor. The Third Order of Saint Francis, by tradition, claims him as a member and includes his feast on its own calendar of saints, observing it on August 17.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 40-RSCR50-2
  • Size: 41 x 33 mm
  • Age: ca. 1862
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: brass, crystal, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $2,500
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