Reliquary Large Bone Relics of Saint Amelia + Document COA
Unique reliquary from XIX Century with the relics of Saint Amelia together with its original document of authenticity COA signed by His Eminence Cardinal Sterckx, Archbishop of Mechelen, Belgium.
Ex Ossibus (From the bone)
This reliquary contains 2 large pieces of bone from the body of Saint Amelia, one was taken from an older reliquary when this one was created in the 19th Century.
The relics are safely kept under a glass resting on a golden silk background
At the back of the reliquary, we find the wax seal from His Eminence Cardinal Sterckx which matches the original authentication document ensuring the authenticity of the relics.
History of Saint Amelia
Amelia, or Amalberga, was a noblewoman who lived in Belgium in the eighth century. She and her brother were raised in a devout household and she wanted to give her life to God as a religious sister.
In her legend, her beauty is said to have caught the eye of the young man who would become King Charlemagne. He became obsessed with Amelia and asked for her hand in marriage. She had dedicated her virginity to God, and refused. He persisted, and one day, as she was praying at a church, he tried to pull her away and ended up breaking her arm.
In some stories, her arm healed almost instantly, and Charlemagne withdrew his request. In other stories, he withdrew his request, but became ill; Amelia forgave him and prayed for his healing and he recovered.
She died at the age of 31 and there are many miraculous stories attributed to her. In one account, she crossed a lake by riding on the back of a giant sturgeon fish. She is patron saint of those suffering from bruises and arm pain.
The relics of St. Amelia rest in the reliquary chapel, and she is shown in this stained glass window in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Notre Dame's campus.
St. Amelia, you are patron saint of people with broken arms—pray for us!
Great condition. No damage or missing parts, one of the bones is lose inside the case. The silk threads and wax seal are intact and in their place. Beautiful patina.
Belgium private collection
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