Reliquary for St. Roch and St. Maximin.. (1800s) / Reliquaire pour St. Roch et St. Maximin..

$120.00 CAD

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Inside wooden case with screw top. 

Two labels: 'S. Roch' and 'S. Maximin..', with a small Virgin Mary statue between the two.

For St Maximin.. , based on website listed below as source, could be St Maximinus of Aix or St. Maximinus of Trier.


Saint Roch or Rocco lived c. 1348 – 15/16 August 1376/79 (traditionally c. 1295 – 16 August 1327) was a catholic saint, a confessor whose death is commemorated on 16 August; he is specially invoked against the plague. He may also be called Rock in English, and has the designation of St Rollox inGlasgow, Scotland, said to be a corruption of St Roch's Loch. He is a patron Saint of: dogs; and falsely accused people; among other things.

Untrustworthy sources say he was probably born at Montpellier, France, son of the governor there. He was orphaned when he was twenty. He went on pilgrimage to Rome and devoted himself to caring for the victims of a plague that was ravaging Italy. He became a victim himself at Piacenza but recovered and was reputed to have performed many miracles of healing.

On his return to Montpellier, he was imprisoned for five years as a spy in pilgrim's disguise when his uncle, who was governor, ordered him imprisoned (His uncle failed to recognize him, and Roch failed to identify himself.) Roch died in prison and was only then identified as the former governor's son by a birthmark in the form of a cross on his chest. Another biographer says that he was arrested as a spy at Angers, Lombardi, and died in prison there.

When miracles were reported at his intercession after his death, a popular cult developed and he is invoked against pestilence and plague. He is also the patron of invalids. He is known as Rocco in Italy and Roque in Spain.