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Tota pulchra et pretiosa, Page 2

Relics of the Passion

Relics of the Passion kept in the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem in Rome. In the top row: a fragment …

Ulm book-covers

Covers of a lectionary and evangeliary from the Ulm cathedral, silver and parcel gilt, decorated with a high relief, ca. 1506. On the lectionary …


Ciborium magnum over the high altar in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.


The mitre of Thomas of Strzempin, bishop of Kraków, half of the 15th century, the Treasury of the Royal Wawel Cathedral.

Mass kit

The mass kit from the first half of the 13th century including a chalice, a paten and a tube for consuming the Precious Blood (fistula). Everything …

Holy Blood

The reliquary containing a glass vial with a piece of cloth drenched in the Precious Blood of Christ, which according to the …

Bar Iona

Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona… Bar Iona, or the Son of the Dove. And on the formale, which is visible in the photo …

La Lechuga

The gold monstrance from the church of St. Ignatius in Bogota, made by José de Galaz at the beginning of the 18th …

Chalice of abp. Sheen

The chalice of Archbishop Fulton Sheen made of jasper by the famous goldsmith workshop of the Keibel family in St. Petersburg.

Cathedral in Amiens

The Notre-Dame of Amiens Cathedral built in the years 1220 – 1270, the pearl of the French Gothic and, until the 19th …

Monstrance from Lublin

The monstrance from the 2nd quarter of the 17th century from the treasury of the Dominican monastery in Lublin [photo by IKTP].


The cover of the Book of the Gospels from the 17th century, Basilica of St. Nicholas, Bari [the source].

Maria Christina’s gift

The silver chalice, gilded, decorated with medallions of glazed ceramic: on its foot with the scenes from the life of Christ and …


A rose pluviale, i.e. the cope from the Klosterneuburg Abbey of the Augustinian Canons. What a tassel!

Imperial mitre

The precious mitre (praetiosa) presented to Pope Leo XIII by Kaiser Wilhelm I Hohenzollern [the source: The Saint Bede Studio Blog].

Herma of St. Hedwig

Reliquary Bust of St. Hedwig of Silesia founded in 1512 r. by the collegiate chapter of the Holy Cross in Wrocław.

Chalice and paten

This are not a vessels made according to the principle of “noble simplicity”.