The Lipsanotheca - Antiquariat Hindrichs Relics and Reliquaries

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Vera Effigies Sacri Vultus Domini Nostri Iesu Christi

A superb example of the Veronica Touch Relic.

The "Veil of Veronica" or "Holy Face", preserved in Rome since the time of Emperor Tiberius (1st Century) and venerated since the 8th Century in St. Peter's Basilica. According to the legend, Veronica was a pious woman from Jerusalem who encountered Christ on His way to Calvary and, full of compassion, used her veil to clean His face from sweat and blood. When she took it back, His Most Holy Face appeared miraculously on the cloth. Next to the Turin Shroud, the "Veronica" is another image of Christ "not created by human hands", inspiring Christian iconography until today. Veronica's encounter became a regular station on the Way of the Cross, and even today, once a year, pilgrims receive a blessing with the most holy relic in St. Peter's on Passion Sunday. It is kept in a special chapel in one of the four main pillars of St. Peter. In the 19th century, the veneration of the Holy Face was propagated by Pope Pius IX and, among others, St. Therese de Lisieux, who took the name "Theresia of the Infant Jesus and the Holy Face". This was caused by a miracle. During the revolution of 1849, when the Pope had to flee to Gaeto, Pius IX ordered the Holy Veil to be publicly exposed between the feasts of Christmas and Epiphany. On the 3rd day of the exposition, the face of Our Lord on the cloth became clearly visible and appeared to be alive, surrounded by a soft light. The Canons of St. Peter immediately rang the bells, and crowds of people came to watch the three hour long manifestation. One of the canons was ordered to draw the face as it appears during the miracle and the Pope later ordered an improved version of this drawing to be printed on linen cloths, which, after being touched to the original relic (and therefore becoming 2nd class relics) were distributed among the faithful. This custom was continued for over 50 years. Since the miracle in 1849 in the Vatican, when it became a custom in the Vatican to display Veronica's veil every year afterward on Passion Sunday for veneration to the public. Each year, effigies were created of Veronica's veil (usually about 15" x 12"), then touched to the original veil, to a relic of the true cross, and to the spear that pierced Christ's side. From there, a text description was placed at the bottom (or on the back) of the relic, and the Pope imprinted a wax seal on each.

This particular relic in common with the others has the words, "VERA EFFIGIES SACRI VULTUS DOMINI NOSTRI JESU CHRISTI, QUAE ROMAE IN SACROSANCTA BASILICA S.PETRI IN VATICANO RELIGIOSISSIME ASSERVATUR ET COLITUR" which translates to, "True image of the face of Our Lord Jesus Christ venerated in Rome in the Most Holy Basilica of St. Peter". The seal is that of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face.

This is a particularly fine example, and ready to be added to you icon corner or devotional chamber.

$350

We are pleased to donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the Orthodoxx Africa missions activity of Father Silouan Brown

A superb example of the Veronica Touch Relic.

The "Veil of Veronica" or "Holy Face", preserved in Rome since the time of Emperor Tiberius (1st Century) and venerated since the 8th Century in St. Peter's Basilica. According to the legend, Veronica was a pious woman from Jerusalem who encountered Christ on His way to Calvary and, full of compassion, used her veil to clean His face from sweat and blood. When she took it back, His Most Holy Face appeared miraculously on the cloth. Next to the Turin Shroud, the "Veronica" is another image of Christ "not created by human hands", inspiring Christian iconography until today. Veronica's encounter became a regular station on the Way of the Cross, and even today, once a year, pilgrims receive a blessing with the most holy relic in St. Peter's on Passion Sunday. It is kept in a special chapel in one of the four main pillars of St. Peter. In the 19th century, the veneration of the Holy Face was propagated by Pope Pius IX and, among others, St. Therese de Lisieux, who took the name "Theresia of the Infant Jesus and the Holy Face". This was caused by a miracle. During the revolution of 1849, when the Pope had to flee to Gaeto, Pius IX ordered the Holy Veil to be publicly exposed between the feasts of Christmas and Epiphany. On the 3rd day of the exposition, the face of Our Lord on the cloth became clearly visible and appeared to be alive, surrounded by a soft light. The Canons of St. Peter immediately rang the bells, and crowds of people came to watch the three hour long manifestation. One of the canons was ordered to draw the face as it appears during the miracle and the Pope later ordered an improved version of this drawing to be printed on linen cloths, which, after being touched to the original relic (and therefore becoming 2nd class relics) were distributed among the faithful. This custom was continued for over 50 years. Since the miracle in 1849 in the Vatican, when it became a custom in the Vatican to display Veronica's veil every year afterward on Passion Sunday for veneration to the public. Each year, effigies were created of Veronica's veil (usually about 15" x 12"), then touched to the original veil, to a relic of the true cross, and to the spear that pierced Christ's side. From there, a text description was placed at the bottom (or on the back) of the relic, and the Pope imprinted a wax seal on each.

This particular relic in common with the others has the words, "VERA EFFIGIES SACRI VULTUS DOMINI NOSTRI JESU CHRISTI, QUAE ROMAE IN SACROSANCTA BASILICA S.PETRI IN VATICANO RELIGIOSISSIME ASSERVATUR ET COLITUR" which translates to, "True image of the face of Our Lord Jesus Christ venerated in Rome in the Most Holy Basilica of St. Peter". The seal is that of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face.

This is a particularly fine example, and ready to be added to you icon corner or devotional chamber.

$350

We are pleased to donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the Orthodoxx Africa missions activity of Father Silouan Brown

Sealed, First Class Relic of the Great Martyr George!

We just received this wonderful first class, ex ossibus, relic of the Great Martyr, George.

The relic is mounted in a Miraculous Medal theca, and the episcopal seal is intact.

Please contact us if this would be of interest to your icon corner or your church.

This relic is part of our program to support the Orthodox Africa efforts of Father Silouan Brown.

We just received this wonderful first class, ex ossibus, relic of the Great Martyr, George.

The relic is mounted in a Miraculous Medal theca, and the episcopal seal is intact.

Please contact us if this would be of interest to your icon corner or your church.

This relic is part of our program to support the Orthodox Africa efforts of Father Silouan Brown.

The Single Most Rare Christian Relic!

An outstanding and extremely rare 18th century silver filigree reliquary theca "Ex Capillis B.V.M.", bearing an intact and complete 18th century episcopal seal.

One of the very few authentic physical relics of the Holy Family, the relic "ex capillis BVM" refers to the cut off hair of the Theotokos, as preserved from a ritual hair cutting at puberty which Orthodox Jewish women still do to this date. The Franciscans assumed control of this reliquary from the original caretaker family at the House of the Virgin.

Whereas relics of the True Cross are relatively common, the ex capillis relics are not, and most were retained in Church inventories.

We are pleased to be able to offer this one. It is only the fifth one we have ever seen.

Please inquire if this would be something for your devotionalia or your Church.

This relic is part of our support program for Father Silouan Brown's Orthodox Africa programs.

An outstanding and extremely rare 18th century silver filigree reliquary theca "Ex Capillis B.V.M.", bearing an intact and complete 18th century episcopal seal.

One of the very few authentic physical relics of the Holy Family, the relic "ex capillis BVM" refers to the cut off hair of the Theotokos, as preserved from a ritual hair cutting at puberty which Orthodox Jewish women still do to this date. The Franciscans assumed control of this reliquary from the original caretaker family at the House of the Virgin.

Whereas relics of the True Cross are relatively common, the ex capillis relics are not, and most were retained in Church inventories.

We are pleased to be able to offer this one. It is only the fifth one we have ever seen.

Please inquire if this would be something for your devotionalia or your Church.

This relic is part of our support program for Father Silouan Brown's Orthodox Africa programs.

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Our final offering for today in our new series of affordable yet real and nice icons is this lovely Saint and Great Martyr George, which dates to the first half of the 19th century and is painted on gessoed and gilt board. The icon has an unusual format, similar to the Byzantine prototypes it seeks to emulate. It is painted on a 17 by 35 cm board. There is some damage to the image, visible on the photograph, where the paint on the neck area and lower portion of the Saint's face has chipped off. This is a simple restoration, but we have done nothing to it.

Unlike similar icons which largely hail from northern Greece, this icon bears its dedicatory inscriptions in Slavonic. This would indicate a southern Slavic origin for the icon, specifically the Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian, or Bulgarian Orthodox communities.

If you are interested in this icon, please contact us at [email protected], or call us at 703-627-8881.

I would also like to add that 20% of the proceeds of this icon will go to benefit the Orthodox Africa orphanage support activities of Father Silouan Brown. Orthodox Africa

$450

Second in our series of real, painted antique icons which are none-the-less quite affordable is this interesting Greek icon of Saint Paraskeva, painted on a 35 by 24 cm gessoed and gilt board. This icon dates to the mid-19th century, and is in stable condition, ready to hang in your icon corner.

If you are interested in this icon, please contact us at [email protected], or call us at 703-627-8881.

I would also like to add that 20% of the proceeds of this icon will go to benefit the Orthodox Africa orphanage support activities of Father Silouan Brown. Orthodox Africa

$300

We're frequently asked about some affordable hand-painted icons. We just received three which have some promise. Here we have a Greek Theotokos and Christ Child of the Hodigitria type which dates to the second half of the 19th century. It measures 29 by 20 centimeters.

Although there is some surface damage, the images of Christ and his Mother are intact. The icon is painted on a gessoed canvas overlay on thick board, directly on top of a gold leaf overlay. The surface of the image is stable, but has not been restored. It is ready to hang.

If you are interested in this icon, please contact us at [email protected], or call us at 703-627-8881.

I would also like to add that 20% of the proceeds of this icon will go to benefit the Orthodox Africa orphanage support activities of Father Silouan Brown. Orthodox Africa

$300

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An extremely attractive relic of the True Cross, in a stunning silver filigree reliquary. Fully sealed and in immaculate condition. Please contact us.

An extremely attractive relic of the True Cross, in a stunning silver filigree reliquary. Fully sealed and in immaculate condition. Please contact us.

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Lindisfarne monastery evidence found by amateur archaeologist - BBC News

A grave marker from the lost Anglo-Saxon Monastery at Lindisfarne!

bbc.co.uk An amateur archaeologist unearths what is believed to be evidence of one of England's earliest Christian monasteries in a crowd-funded dig on Lindisfarne.

Subscribe to a Celtic tradition, yet Orthodox? Here's something special for you, or a wonderful present for for that Irish. Gaelic, Scots, or other Celtic friend and/or priest. Antiquariat Hindrichs is pleased to offer an Orthodox cross, 5" x 3.5", carved out of 5000-year-old bog oak. These are oak trees which fell into bogs a few millennia ago and were preserved by the Ph-levels of the bog, and partially mineralized the wood. The result is a wooden cross, hard as iron but quite light. The size is appropriate too. It's suitable for priests entitled to wear the wooden cross, but also of a size which would make it a nice personal blessing cross for private individuals. The cross is nicely detailed, with the Deisis of the Theotokos and John the Apostle, flanking our Crucified Lord, surmounted above Golgotha and the Skull of Abraham. The identifications are the standard Greek, with the exception of the Titulus, which bears the Slavonic inscription.

This is the first in a series of carved bog oak items we will be offering, and is quite reasonably priced. Call me at 540-338-8399 to place that order and talk to me about what else you would like to see.

Notabene: Although this Cross is suitable for wear as a priest's pectoral, it does not have the chain mounting hardware, although my jeweler tells me this is not rocket science. The Cross is about one centimeter thick, leaving plenty of room for a good silver screw and bale and providing good support for a standard priest's chain.

An Attractive Silver Reliquary Theca Housing a Probable Ex Cingulo or Ex Velo Relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This relic comes from the Bishopric of Liege, and in addition to a reasonably clear seal, bears the docketing information showing that the relic was sealed in 1917 under the Registry Number of 17/623. the responsible bishop at that time was Martin Hubert Rutten. The theca is an attractively machined silver over a bronze and brass core, and the relic is affixed over the decorative paper substrate usually seen for relics issued in the Archbishopric of Mechelen. As we have pointed out before, all relics associated with the Holy Family are canonically considered first class relics.

Something special to acquire for your priest and your parish in anticipation of the next Paschal celebrations! This iron nail is one of a small number produced at Papal request by the Cistercian monastics at the Abbey of Holy Cross in Jerusalem, also known as the Sessorian Basilica, A true copy of the last surviving nail brought by Saint Helena to Rome, these are very limited in number and tend to be Cardinal-level gifts. The seal attacked to the nail is that of the Abbey, and the original authentics show that this copy was produced in 1891. Several of the parishes which have acquired such a relic, which has in fact been touched to the original nail from the Cross, bring it out for the entire Paschal season. We have not had one in stock in three years, andd are very pleased to be able to offer it!

An important mid-19th century silver filigree reliquary containing the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos, a first class relic of Saint Anna, and a first class relic of Saint Joseph. Nota bene: all relics of the Holy Family are considered first class because of the direction association with Christ and the Mother of God. The reliquary is sealed with an intact episcopal seal which we have not yet identified but which is completely undisturbed.

The Apostles Peter and Paul: An extremely important Baroque period relic of the two most important Apostles of our Lord. In a spectacular gold and silver reliquary representing the height of the European silver- and goldsmith's art. Circa 1685 - 1735 AD, bearing an as-yet unidentified but impeccable Episcopal seal.

Here's a pretty spectacular relic, ex Veste BMV and Saint Angela Foligno. Saint Angela was just canonized in 2013 by His Holiness. The relic, which still shows her as a "Beata", is almost certainly one of the original beatification relics from 1693, silver and gold filigree, and an outstanding example of the Baroque silversmith's work.

Some saints show marks of holiness very early. Not Angela! Born of a leading family in Foligno, Italy, she became immersed in the quest for wealth and social position. As a wife and mother, she continued this life of distraction.
Around the age of 40 she recognized the emptiness of her life and sought God’s help in the Sacrament of Penance. Her Franciscan confessor helped Angela to seek God’s pardon for her previous life and to dedicate herself to prayer and the works of charity.

Shortly after her conversion, her husband and children died. Selling most of her possessions, she entered the Secular Franciscan Order. She was alternately absorbed by meditating on the crucified Christ and by serving the poor of Foligno as a nurse and beggar for their needs. Other women joined her in a religious community.

At her confessor’s advice, Angela wrote her Book of Visions and Instructions. In it she recalls some of the temptations she suffered after her conversion; she also expresses her thanks to God for the Incarnation of Jesus. This book and her life earned for Angela the title "Teacher of Theologians." She was beatified in 1693, and canonized in 2013.

People who live in the United States today can understand St. Angela’s temptation to increase her sense of self-worth by accumulating money, fame or power. Striving to possess more and more, she became more and more self-centered. When she realized she was priceless because she was created and loved by God, she became very penitential and very charitable to the poor. What had seemed foolish early in her life now became very important. The path of self-emptying she followed is the path all holy men and women must follow.

Pope John Paul II wrote: “Christ the Redeemer of the World is the one who penetrated in a unique, unrepeatable way into the mystery of the human person and entered our ‘hearts.’ Rightly therefore does the Second Vatican Council teach: ‘The truth is that only in the mystery of the Incarnate Word does the mystery of the human person take on light.... Christ the New Adam, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and his love, fully reveals human beings to themselves and brings to light their most high calling’” (Redemptor Hominis, 8).

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