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Multi Reliquary True Cross, Crown Of Thorns + Document For Sale
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This is a old multi reliquary with the following relic's: True Cross, Crown of Thorn,Collomn Flagellation,Dominci de Guzman, Francis Xavier,Vincent de Paul, Brigitte , Germaine. Diameter is 1.7 inch. Relic's, waxseal and thread correct in place. Shipping with UPS Economy is 25$. I want to thank the writer of Patron Saints Index. With this reliquary is coming a document,.with description of the relic's and reliquary.
Of all the relics sought by Catholic faithful, none was the cause of more suffering, death and destruction than the “True Cross,” the tree upon which Christ was hung. As most who read this board likely know, crucifixion was the Roman Empire’s preferred method of dealing with offenders who were not Roman citizens. It was a horrible punishment that inflicted unimaginable suffering as it slowly brought the life of the victim to an agonizing end. I imagine the True Cross was desired by Christians because it was so closely associated with the Savior’s final moments and atoning sacrifice. Also, it had been stained by his sweat, blood and lymph. As it is known today, the True Cross is a part of the cross used to execute Christ on Golgotha. It is encased in gold and studded with precious stones – a far cry from the simplicity of the Gospel preached by Jesus and the Apostles, and much closer to the golden calf crafted by Aaron and the fickle Hebrew people while Moses was in the presence of God receiving the Decalogue. To trace the story of the True Cross through the pages of Roman Catholic tradition and hagiography, we must first travel to ancient Britain in the latter half of the third century AD. A Roman army under Constantius Chlorus was holding the land for the Empire. Now in that time, the Roman political situation was quite unsettled. It came to pass that Constantius was made a “Caesar.” With that appointment, he was compelled to cast off his legal concubine, a British barmaid called Helena, in order to take the Emperor’s step-daughter to wife. Constantius had a son by Helena, Flavius Valerius Costantinus, born in Britain around 272AD. Constantine, who received little in the way of education, took up soldiering early in life. He proved his valor in wars against Egypt and Persia. When Constantius died, his troops made his son Caesar and but a year and a half later, Emperor. A dutiful son, Emperor Constantine commanded that the Empire honor Helena as was due the mother of the sovereign. It was about at this time that Helena, now 63 years old, converted to the Christian faith. Constantine, together with his ally Licinius, eager to consolidate Christian support in all provinces, issued the Edict of Milan, extending religious toleration to all religions and ordering the restoration of Christian property seized during the persecutions. This historic declaration , in effect, conceded the defeat of paganism. After years of striving, Constantine defeated and eventually killed Licinius and became sole emperor. He then declared himself a Christian and invited his subjects to join him in embracing the new faith. Many historians question the sincerity of his “conversion,” calling it a consummate stroke of political wisdom. Certainly, he seldom conformed to the ceremonial requirements of his new faith following his conversion. His letters to Christian bishops make it clear that he really was not concerned over the theological differences which so agitated Christendom. Throughout his reign, he treated bishops as political aides. He summoned them, presided over their councils and agreed to enforce whatever opinions their majority might formulate. When he moved the seat of his authority to Constantinople, he supported many Christian projects, including financing his mother’s Christian philanthropies. Constantine sent his mother to the Holy Land, where she was to search out the cross upon which Christ had been crucified some 300 years earlier. A former barbarian who had spent most of her life following Rome’s legions, Helena knew how to get what she wanted. She convened a group of Rabbin from various places throughout Palestine and demanded they tell her where the cross was hidden, under threat of torture. These men either could not or would not tell and she ordered them burned alive. At that, they delivered up a man whom they promised could take her to where the “True Cross” lay hidden. This man, named Judas, also refused to cooperate, so the lady who became known as “Saint Helena” sentenced him to death by starvation. After only six days without food, Judas took her to the place where he said the cross which had borne the dying Jesus was hidden – on the site of a pagan temple dedicated to Venus. Now, don’t you have to wonder, just a little bit, why the Jewish religious leaders, who were so concerned that the followers of Jesus might try to sneak His body our of the tomb in the dark of night that they demanded a full guard of Roman soldiers watch over it would have not have been more thorough in their treatment of the tree upon which Messiah died? After all, if we are to believe the legend, these Jews removed the True Cross, apparently along with at least two others and hid them away from the cultish followers of Jesus. Sheesh! If they didn’t want the Christians to have the cross as a relic, why hide it? Why not simply burn it up and scatter the ashes? But even if they indeed did bury the cross, why would they continue to tell folks, during the following 300 years, where it was hidden? These questions are worth considering. Catholic mythology tells us that the searchers offered a prayer, which was immediately followed by a movement of the earth. A perfume filled the air and miraculously converted Judas. Helena had the temple destroyed and set Judas to digging. When he had dug down about 20 feet or so, he discovered three crosses, which he placed before the Emperor’s mother. Okay. Now Helena had the “True Cross” but how to tell which of the three was THE one? Macarius, Bishop of Jerusalem, came up with a suggestion: why not test the three relics to see which had miraculous powers? They used a sick woman in their testing. She was made to lie on each of the three crosses in turn; the one that healed her would be the True Cross. It was not until she lay on the third cross that she was miraculously healed. This, then, had to be the cross upon which Jesus had been sacrificed. A letter of Paulinus to Severus, incorporated into the Breviary of Paris, declares that Helena herself came up with the idea for discovering which was the True Cross. She had the body of a dead man exhumed and brought to her. She then touched his body with each of the crosses and, wonder of wonders, when the wood of the third cross made contact, the man was restored to life. In another tradition – Rome has so many traditions – Ambrose claims that the “titulus” was still on the real cross, which would, I imagine, obviate the necessity for any validating tests. If one thinks a bit upon this tale, it becomes apparent that, in common with so many other stories concerning ancient “saints” and things, that despite the intervening centuries, there often seemed to be someone who would know just where to look for the desired object. In the case of the True Cross, Judas knew that it was buried, along with two other crosses, some 20 feet below the temple of Venus which likely had been constructed before he was born. Also, one considers the soldiers of Rome to have been practical men, certainly unlikely to go to the trouble and expense of making crosses for one-time use, after which they were discarded. After all, they used a lot of crosses in their work to defend the Empire. When Rome’s legions put down the slave rebellion led by Spartacus, in the year 71 BC, they lined the Appian Way from Capua to Rome with 6,000 crosses bearing former members of the rebel army. Emperor Augustus boasted he had captured 30,000 runaway slaves and that he had crucified every one of them who was not claimed (W.S. Davis, “Influence of Wealth in Imperial Rome,” New York, (1913) p. 211). When Varus, governor of Syria, took his troops to Palestine (6 AD) to put down one of the innumerable Jewish rebellions, he crucified 2000 rebels. In putting down the Jewish rebellion which resulted in the destruction of the Temple, so many Jews were crucified that Josephus was prompted to write that “the multitude of these was so great that room was wanting for the crosses, and crosses were wanting for the bodies.” (Josephus, ix, 3) Josephus informs us that 1,197,000 Jews died in the siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD, but Tacitus says it was no more than 600,000 (Tacitus, v. 13). With all the crosses used during the Roman dealings with Palestine and the three hundred year interval between the crucifixion of our Lord and Helena’s serendipitous discovery, does it not seem likely that what she was given was just any old cross, made “holy” more by her eagerness to lay hands on the True Cross than by any blessings attributable to the Lord’s passion? Certainly, the methods she employed to locate the cross would have brought no joy to our Lord. After raising churches at the site and in Bethlehem and on the Mount of Olives, Helena returned to Constantinople, apparently taking part of the True Cross to her son and leaving the rest in Jerusalem, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Helena died in Rome in either 326 or 328AD. According to Orthodox tradition, Constantine put off receiving baptism until the last days of his life, in accordance with the custom of that time. When he sensed the approach of death, we are told he received this great mystery with reverence and peacefully died during prayer on the 21st of May, 337 AD. Relics of the True Cross on which Christ was crucified were quickly and widely distributed after its legendary discovery in the fourth century by Saint Helena, mother of Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor. Throughout the medieval period, such relics were housed in precious containers and venerated by the faithful
Saint Brigid of Ireland
Also known as
Bride of the Isles
Bridget of Ireland
Brigid of Kildare
Mary of the Gael
10 June (translation of relics)
Daughter of Dubtach, pagan Scottish king of Leinster, and Brocca, a Christian Pictish slave who had been baptized by Saint Patrick. Just before Brigid’s birth, her mother was sold to a Druid landowner. Brigid remained with her mother till she was old enough to serve her legal owner Dubtach, her father.
She grew up marked by her high spirits and tender heart, and as a child, she heard Saint Patrick preach, which she never forgot. She could not bear to see anyone hungry or cold, and to help them, often gave away things that were Dubtach’s. When Dubtach protested, she replied that “Christ dwelt in every creature”. Dubtach tried to sell her to the King of Leinster, and while they bargained, she gave a treasured sword of her father‘s to a leper. Dubtach was about to strike her when Brigid explained she had given the sword to God through the leper, because of its great value. The King, a Christian, forbade Dubtach to strike her, saying “Her merit before God is greater than ours”. Dubtach solved this domestic problem by giving Brigid her freedom.
Brigid’s aged mother was in charge of her master’s dairy. Brigid took charge ,and often gave away the produce. But the dairy prospered under her (hence her patronage of milk maids, dairy workers, cattle, etc.), and the Druid freed Brigid’s mother.
Brigid returned to her father, who arranged a marriage for her with a young bard. Bride refused, and to keep her virginity, went to her Bishop, Saint Mel of Ardagh, and took her first vows. Legend says that she prayed that her beauty be taken from her so no one would seek her hand in marriage; her prayer was granted, and she regained her beauty only after making her vows. Another tale says that when Saint Patrick heard her final vows, he mistakenly used the form for ordaining priests. When told of it he replied, “So be it, my son, she is destined for great things.”
Her first convent started c.468 with seven nuns. At the invitation of bishops, she started convents all over Ireland. She was a great traveller, especially considering the conditions of the time, which led to her patronage of travellers, sailors, etc. Brigid invented the double monastery, the monastery of Kildara, which means Church of the Oak, that she ran on the Liffey river being for both monks and nuns. Saint Conleth became its first bishop; this connection and the installation of a bell that lasted over 1000 years apparently led to her patronage of blacksmiths and those in related fields.
453 at Faughart, County Louth, Ireland
1 February 523 at Kildare, Ireland of natural causes
interred in the Kildare cathedral
relics transferred to Downpatrick, Ireland in 878 where they were interred with those of Saint Patrick and Saint Columba of Iona
relics re-discovered on 9 June 1185
head removed to Jesuit church in Lisbon, Portugal
Saint Francis Xavier
Also known as
Apostle to the Far East
Francisco de Jaso y Azpilicueta
Franciscus de Xabier
Born to the nobility of the Basque reqion. Studied and taught philosophy at the University of Paris, and planned a career as a professor. Friend of Saint Ignatius of Loyola who convinced him to use his talents to spread the Gospel. One of the founding Jesuits, and the first Jesuit missionary. Priest.
In Goa, India, while waiting to take ship, he preached in the street, worked with the sick, and taught children their catechism. He would walk through the streets ringing a bell to call the children to their studies. Said to have converted the entire city.
He scolded his patron, King John of Portugal, over the slave trade: “You have no right to spread the Catholic faith while you take away all the country’s riches. It upsets me to know that at the hour of your death you may be ordered out of paradise.”
Tremendously successful missionary for ten years in India, the East Indies, and Japan, baptizing more than 40,000 converts. His epic finds him dining with head hunters, washing the sores of lepers in Venice, teaching catechism to Indian children, baptizing 10,000 in a single month. He tolerated the most appalling conditions on long sea voyages, enduring extremes of heat and cold. Wherever he went he would seek out and help the poor and forgotten. He traveled thousands of miles, most on his bare feet, and he saw the greater part of the Far East. Had the gift of tongues. Miracle worker. Raised people from the dead. Calmed storms. Prophet. Healer.
7 April 1506 at Javier, Spanish Navarre as Francisco de Jaso y Azpilicueta
2 December 1552 at Sancian, China of a fever contracted on a mission journey
25 October 1619 by Pope Paul V
12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV
Saint Vincent de Paul
formerly 19 July
Born to a peasant family. A highly intelligent youth, Vincent spent four years with the Franciscan friars at Acq, France getting an education. Tutor to children of a gentlemen in Acq. He began divinity studies in 1596 at the University of Toulouse. Ordained at age 20.
Taken captive by Turkish pirates to Tunis, and sold into slavery. Freed in 1607 when he converted one of his owners to Christianity.
Returning to France, he served as parish priest near Paris where he started organizations to help the poor, nursed the sick, found jobs for the unemployed, etc. Chaplain at the court of Henry IV of France. With Louise de Marillac, founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity. Instituted the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (Lazarists). Worked always for the poor, the enslaved, the abandoned, the ignored, the pariahs.
24 April 1581 near Ranquine, Gascony near Dax, southwest France
the town is now known as Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Landes, France
27 September 1660 at Paris, France of natural causes
body found incorrupt when exhumed in 1712
body defleshed by a flood; skeleton encased in a wax effigy in the house of the Vincentian fathers in Paris (see photo)
heart incorrupt; displayed in a reliquary in the chapel of the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity in Paris
13 August 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII
16 June 1737 by Pope Clement XII
Brothers of Charity
Richmond, Virginia, diocese of
Saint Vincent de Paul Societies
Sisters of Charity
Vincentian Service Corps
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