Splinter From The True Cross, Papal Seal, Pope Leo XIII

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  • Sold Date: Jun 29, 2007
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is an authentic relic and original! It is a tiny splinter from the True Cross, of Jesus Christ, imbedded in the Papal Seal of Pope Leo XIII.

Pope Leo XIII (March 2, 1810 --July 20, 1903, born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci , was the 256th Pope of the RomanCatholic Church, reigning from 1878 to 1903, succeeding Pope Pius IX, Reigning until the age of 93, he was the oldest pope, and had the third longest papal reign, behind only his predecessor and John Paul II. He is known as the "Pope of the Working Man".

The True Cross is the name for physical remnants traditionally believed to be from the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.

The seal is 1 5/" by 1 3/4". Inside frame is 3 3/4" by 4 3/4" - Outside frame measures 5 1/2" by 6 3/4". Frame is in good condition with a few chips (nothing serious) some dust and specks from ageing. According to the writing on the back, it is from the Vatican form one gentleman to another who died in 1902.
The wax seal (good condition) has a lamb (I believe) on it with a halo, carrying a flag with a cross and t is writing all around the edges in Latin. I see the words: BENEDICTIS and VONT MAX.? The other words are clear, but my magnifiers aren't strong enough to read.

"According to a number of early writers, the Empress Helena, (c.255- c.330 AD), mother of Constantine the first Christian Emperor of Rome, at a date after 312 AD when Christianity was legalized throughout the Empire, traveled to the Holy Land, founding churches and establishing relief agencies for the poor. It was at this time that she discovered the hiding place of three crosses used at the crucifixion of Jesus and the two thieves that were executed with him. By a miracle it was revealed which of the three was the True Cross . This article details the records, the legends and the traditions associated with the True Cross .

Many churches now possess fragmentary remains which are by tradition claimed to be those of the True Cross. Their authenticity is not universally accepted by those of the Christian faith. The accuracy of the reports surrounding the discovery of the True Cross is questioned by many Christians. The acceptance and belief of that part of the tradition that pertains to the Early Christian Church is generally restricted to the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The Medieval legend of its provenance in the Tree of Life is given less credence.

Pieces of the cross on which Christ was crucified abound; churches everyw claim to have at least a splinter or two. Although such Protestant reformers as John Calvin ridiculed the authenticity of these bits of wood, Catholic defenders say that were all the pieces added together, they would still not exceed the total volume of what Christ carried up Calvary. Supposedly discovered first by St. Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I, the most famous relics of the cross reside on the altar of Rome's Santa Croce in Gerusalemme Basilica-along with a Crucifixion nail, two thorns from the crown, and the finger with which St. Thomas touched Jesus' side. In addition, the oldest (570 A.D.) treasure in the Basilica of St. Peter, the jeweled silver-gilt Cross of (Eastern Roman) Emperor Justin II, contains a relic of the True Cross in its center. A much less ornate processional cross is the 2 1/2-ft. Cross of Cong at Ireland's Clonmacnois monastery. Fashioned in 1123 of oak and overlaid with copper and brass, the Cross of Cong is one of hundreds of reliquaries for bits of the True Cross."

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