This silver reliquary belonged to Pope Gregory XVI and is from the tenth year of his pontificate. On one side is the image of Saints Peter and Paul and on the other side is an image of the pope himself.
First class relics are the actual remains of the person being venerated.
A reliquary is a container that stores religious relics and displays them, especially the relics of saints.
Credited with countless miracles and intercessions since discovery of her tomb in the most ancient catacombs of St. Priscilla in Rome in 1802, St. Philomena is prayed to by people of diverse ages, culture and social standing around the world. The young virgin who was martyred at age 13, willingly traded her earthly life for heavenly salvation and continues her work today promoting the virtues of purity and sanctity among the world’s youth and bringing the faithful closer to our Blessed Mother and Jesus Christ. It would seem she was held in quiet reserve by God for nearly seventeen centuries and summoned at a time when so much uncertainty and absence of faith abound.