Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas 2015 – Royal Mail First Day Cover

The new Royal Mail First Day Cover is dedicated to Christmas. Every year the Royal Mail chooses a different theme for this festive period. This year the theme is ‘The Star of Bethlehem.’ The star of Bethlehem is one of the best-known and most recognisable images of Christmas, often found on the top of a Christmas tree or in the design of a card. St Matthew’s Gospel tells us that the baby Jesus was visited by wise men – learned star-gazers from the East who had seen a new star rising in the sky and interpreted it as a sign of a new age dawning. 

Both the Old and the New Testament use the imagery of a rising star – sometimes the morning star – to speak of the new age of God’s presence, God’s love being made visible as never before. In the background is the belief found in the Psalms: ‘The heavens declare the glory of God,’ the patterns of the starry sky show the eternal wisdom of God. And when those patters shift and something new comes into view, it is the sign of a new perspective on God’s glory and love coming into focus. 

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