1st-Class Relics on Etsy

So I’ve been wondering around on the Internet, looking for Saint Medals, which I collect.

I came across Etsy, and found that they have a large collection of Relics.

A lot of them are 3rd-Class, through some claim to be 1st- or 2nd-Class. Honestly, the only evidence they have going for them is their old appearance (including an apparent claim of Jesus’ Blood).

However, I found these two:


Both have certificates of validation. I don’t know if these are genuine though.

Can anyone here look at the pictures and tell me what they think?

You see, I wish to buy these if possible to prevent them from being desecrated by someone else; and hand them over to my Church. But it’s a (very) large sum of money, and I want to make sure that this is the real deal.

Thanks.

  1. A lot of such offerings are fake.

  2. We are not supposed to buy relics. Doing so only encourages more people to try to sell them on eBay and Etsy.

  3. You are not expected to spend a lot of money buying alleged “relics” that may very well be fake.

Just don’t bother. Save your money or donate it to charity.

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I did come to that conclusion about the other ‘Relics’. But none of them had certificates like these. If those certificates are fake, I’ll drop this immediately. But I’ve never seen such certificates before; so I don’t know about their validity.

Even if you had, and even if you do now, you’re not at all qualified to judge the authenticity of these alleged certificates. Walk away.

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Do you know what the “certificates” say? Anyone can print up a certificate you know. I find it interesting that in both examples, the relic is placed over a signature. There are blank spots on both certificates that could have been used to place the relic, but they chose to cover the signature.

The handwritten part looks like the same person wrote them both too. :thinking:

The St. Blaise relic is in a very shiny and new looking reliquary.

You are correct. It is a lot of money. You buying two expensive relics will do nothing to stop the sale of relics. I believe that most people purchasing relics do so because they have a devotion to a saint, not to desecrate the relic.

But selling relics is wrong. Buying relics is wrong. And buying relics that you don’t even know are authentic over the internet is very foolish.

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I would ask for the provenance of the alleged relic. The one for St. Blaise - there really was an Archbishop Dabbaghian. He served as the Archbishop of the Armenian Catholic Archeparchy of Baghdad. He died in 2018 at the age of 84, so he would have been old when he signed the certificate.

I will say that the way the Roman numerals are written on both certs seems to be of a very similar handwriting. Same slant in the “M” and the “X” looks to be just as evenly spaced on both, but signed by two ‘different’ people.

Kind of hard to determine if Archb. Dabbaghian did authenticate any relics - can’t really ask him.

Caveat emptor :slight_smile:

Does anyone know of a particular church office that looks into these matters?

@Gigantals, if you look at the seller’s items, they have other certificates for their items. All of them have the same handwriting on them, no matter which diocese they are from. Don’t you find that odd?

And the descriptions say the reliquaries have rhinestones in some instances. :thinking:

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True. I can only see what they want me to see

I didn’t notice that. Thank you for pointing it out

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As Neophyte said above, maybe a better Latin maxim might be “Effugere”… :wink:

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