Reliquary 3 Relics: St Gertrudis, Albert Louvain, John Berchmans + Document COA
Medieval style Reliquary with 3 important First Class (Bone) Relics of Belgium Saints along with their original Certificate of Authenticity document / COA from His Eminence Cardinal Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Belgium dated November 20th, 1923.
The first-class relics belong to:
St. Gertrudis of Nivelles (628 d.C. - 659 d.C.), a 7th century catholic abbess who founded the Abbey of Nivelles located in Belgium. After a life of pure devotion she died in poverty at the age of 33. She’s often associated with humility and piety and is often depicted as a nun with a crosier and rats (or cats).
St. Albert of Louvain (1166 - 1192), a knight and cardinal of the Catholic Church and the Prince-Bishop of Liège. His death is as follows:
“ Albert met three German knights in 1192 who persuaded him to ride on horseback with them outside of Reims. Outside of the city they attacked Albert with their swords and struck him on the head which crushed his skull and caused him to fall, where they made sure they killed him prior to making an escape”.
St. John Berchmans (1599 - 1621) a Jesuit scholastic who personifies the ideal that ordinary deeds done extraordinarily well lead to great holiness. He died very young, only five years after entering the novitiate, but his great desire to be a priest inspired him to live religious life fully. He died at 22 out of dysentery.
The episcopalian wax seals at the back of the relics matches that of the official document from His Eminence Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Cardinal, Archbishop of Mechelen and Primate of Belgium.
These relics are kept in a one-of-a-kind exquisite sarcophagus reliquary, made for the occasion and full of handmade Christian iconography symbols; with the Chi Rho or Chrismon symbol on both sides and the archetype angels in embossed silver- or silver-plated plaque depicted looking down from heaven.
Reliquaries or fereter were popular from the 4th century European monarchies that alongside the Church served as a portable shrine for devotion. It is an eclectic reliquary as it mixes romantic-gothic style from the Limoges, France area in the 13 Century.
These representations form a new interpretation of the images from the New Testament with new attitudes towards their theological outlook, transcending from their earthly form. Overall, it an interesting work that reflect the Christological iconographical cosmogony.
20 x 8 cms
Excellent overall condition. no damage or missing parts.
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