St. Francis of Assisi Relic Medal with Dust/Soil from the Tomb
St. Saint Francis medal with relic dirt from the tomb of St. Francis
Beautiful Saint Francis medal with relic, marked "Terra Della Tomba S. Francesco" or dirt from the tomb of St. Francis. On one side is a beautiful bas relief portrait of the saint holding a crucifix. On the other side is a clear but reddish dome with the relic underneath, with hanging ring at top. Measures approx 5/8" x 7/8" overall.
Directly from Assisi, Italy.
Beautiful Saint Francis Medal: Diameter 1,6 cm = 0,63"
Made of brass, gold plated.
Color : Gold-tone medal with golden circle around.
Also available in silver-tone.
History of the tomb of Saint Francis
The tomb came to light on 8 December 1818, and on 12 December the remains of St. Francis were exhumed. In order to facilitate the visits of the growing number of pilgrims to the tomb, a new neo-romanic crypt was opened underneath the lower basilica. On 18 June 1939 Pope Pius XII declared St. Francis patron saint of Italy. A votive lamp with oil donated by the various regions of the Italian peninsula burns on the tomb. On 18 January 1978 Pope Paul VI authorized the Minister General of the Friars Minor Conventuals to proceed with the reopening of the tomb and scientific study of the remains of St. Francis. This took place between 24 January and 4 March 1978.