Late 18th century, oval silver reliquary theca, containing two relics (small pieces of cloth) of B. Marix V. (Blessed Virgin Mary) and B. Hyac. V. (Blessed Hyacinth Venerable). The relics tied with red and white thread and sealed with red wax and imprint of Bishop’s coat of arms. One of the major miracles attributed to Hyacinth came about from a Mongol attack on Kiev. As the friars prepared to flee the invading forces, Hyacinth went to save the ciborium containing the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle in the monastery chapel, when he heard the voice of Mary, the mother of Jesus, asking him to take her, too. Hyacinth lifted the large, stone statue of Mary, as well as the ciborium. He was easily able to carry both, despite the fact that the statue weighed far more than he could normally lift. Thus he saved them both.
Size: 3 1/8 in (8 cm)